You Are Breaking The Law

There are so many laws on the book that at any given moment you are breaking one without even realizing it. They are designed to make everyone a criminal, so that the police can arrest you for any cause. Do you know how many arrests have been made on because of a broken tail light? The broken tail light is the number one reason police use to pull someone over, and because they pull you over, they have to inspect and search you vehicle, and if they find some other infraction on you they can make a charges stick because the broken tail light gave the police probably cause to stop you to begin with.

When there are so many laws in the book, the police can use any one of them as tools not for serving the people but by selectively using them to control the people. This is similar to the how public institutions used to discriminate, they set up arbitrary admissions tests that would just happen to be that much more difficult for “undesirables.”

Here is commentary on admissions question that were used on Jewish applications. As described by the comments, the problem set given Jewish applicants were just that more difficult to answer and any mistaken would disqualify you. This is what happens when you have complex set of rules, laws, or ordinances. When you have a complex body of laws, the population may at time be trespassing any one of those laws but since they are enforced selectively.

Do you really believe, even today, that all laws are enforced equally? I’ve never seen a jay walking ticket be given out in an affluent neighborhood, even though kids take up a whole block to toss the ball around.

Laws Against Humanity

There are some crimes so heinous, barbaric, and brutal that they are considered Crimes Against Humanity. One definition of crimes against humanity is the following.

Odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority.

A crime is a breach or break of a rule or law but what is lawful is not necessary what is considered morally acceptable. Some laws, can themselves, be considered crimes against humanity and had lead to some of the worst atrocities ever committed. Arizona Senate Bill 1070, signed into Law by Governor Brewer, is such a law that it can be viewed systematic, institutionalize, and codified “attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings.” SB 1070 is biased, it is not meant to be enforced equally, it is targeted on a particular ethnic group, it is blatantly xenophobic, it is reminiscent of Jim Crow Laws.

The the pages of history, there have been a few instances of Laws Against Humanity. Such laws that have degragated the human condition include Nuremberg Laws, Anti-Miscegenation Laws, Jim Crow Laws, Chinese Exclusion Act.