Should Governments Be Allowed to Steal Your Property?

October 28, 2012   |   by JudyMorris

Civil asset forfeiture has always been one of my big issues because it literally gives government at all levels a license to steal. Unfortunately, the issue is well under the radar of most folks. Dan Mitchell at does a great job exposing the evil of civil asset forfeiture and its outright assault on civil liberties and property rights.

Should Governments Be Allowed to Steal Your Property?

I’ve already written about the despicable practice of “civil forfeiture,” which allows governments to confiscate the property of innocent people who have not been convicted of any crime.

And I’ve cited great columns on the issue from George Will and John Stossel., as well a sobering report on the topic from the Wall Street Journal.

Now the Institute for Justice has a video that should outrage any decent person….

It’s examples of government thuggery like this that make me a libertarian. You should be one as well.

If you need more convincing, check out these horror stories of statist abuse.

A story of vicious IRS persecution.
A women jailed overnight because she let her kids play outside.
Threatening to send a woman to jail because someone whistled at a whale.
Two stories of innocent people who were victimized by the idiotic Drug War.
A video about how the EPA tried – and fortunately failed – to destroy a family.
A story about the Justice Department’s discriminatory attack on a hapless homeowner.
The government treating child molesters more leniently than people who accidentally omit irrelevant info from forms.

I have also blogged on the issue of civil asset forfeiture.

Civil Asset Forfeiture – The Government’s License to Steal

It’s crucial to understand the difference between civil asset forfeiture and criminal asset forfeiture. With civil asset forfeiture, a person doesn’t even have to commit a crime or be convicted of a crime. The government at the federal, state, city and county level have the legal authority to just steal and keep whatever they want and legal recourse for the victim can be difficult, time consuming and legally expensive.

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