The Government Hoax

by Marc Stevens

The government hoax is probably the oldest, most pervasive and stubborn of hoaxes. Itís the belief in non-existent "states" and "nations," and that "government" is both legitimate and necessary. In the geographic area of the North American continent commonly referred to as the "United States," itís claimed only "government" can provide the service of protecting "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." This is nonsense if only for the reason "government" has no duty to protect anyone and their property.

Another reason is: No service or product should be provided at the barrel of a gun. Itís that simple. There are no exceptions unless one believes people have no rights. If one believes people have no rights, then "government" is not "necessary" to "protect" what doesnít exist. If you believe people have rights, then you donít "protect" them without their freely given consent. Also, protection is not submission to the violent, unaccountable control of another, nor is violent domination a legitimate method of doing business. Would you hire people who donít acknowledge you have property, to protect your property? I wouldn't:

"The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called "ownership" is only by virtue of Government, i.e., law, amounting to mere user; and that use must be in accordance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State." Senate Resolution #62, April 1933.

What exactly is "government?" Have you ever seen a "government"? While there are varying degrees, "government" is one man violently controlling the life and property of another man. In some places this violent control is "decreed" to be for the latterís "own good" and "protection" and hailed as the "best system in the world." Because itís based on violence, there are no "states" or "nations," "states" being "voluntary associations." You may recognize that violent control over a manís life and property is what we like to call . . . slavery. Slavery is a form of "government," and in most cases, if not all, synonymous with "government." Govern means control, not protection. Have you ever noticed the word "protect" is mysteriously not included in any definitions of govern?

"govern - To direct and control; to regulate; to influence; to restrain; to manage. State v Ream, 16 Neb 681, 683." Ballentineís Law Dictionary, page 530.

In "democracies" and so-called "democratic republics," slaves are given the false choice of choosing new masters. The old plantations can be seen as "political subdivisions" such as "cities," only smaller: "nations" have "presidents," "states" have "governors," "counties" have "commissioners," "cities" have "mayors" and plantations have masters.

"Government" is a group of men and women providing the service of protecting "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" at the barrel of a gun. We have no choice in accepting and paying for their wonderful services. Their services are so valuable weíre compelled to accept and pay for them. And non-political libertarians and voluntaryists are the extremists?

To keep this short, Iíll use statements from politicians themselves, i.e., their sacred "law" thatís worshipped, revered and most importantly, feared. Compare the following:

"tax. A forced burden, charge, exaction, imposition or contribution assessed in accordance with some reasonable rule of apportionment by authority of a sovereign state upon the persons or property within its jurisdiction to provide for public revenue for the support of the government, the administration of the law, or the payment of public expenses. 51 AmJ1st Tax ß 3." Ballentineís Law Dictionary, page 1255.

"The organized use of threats, coercion, intimidation, and violence to compel the payment for actual or alleged services of arbitrary or excessive charges under the guise of membership dues, protection fees, royalties, or service rates. United States v McGlone (DC Pa) 19 F Supp 285, 286." Ballentineís Law Dictionary, page 1051.

The first is a "kinder, gentler" way of describing the second. Both are accurate descriptions of how men and women pretending to be "government" operate. I like the second one because itís actually the definition of "racketeer."

The government hoax is that "government," a racket, is legitimate and necessary. Thatís absurd. Maybe if you believe a service should be provided at the barrel of a gun, then yes, youíd think "government" is legitimate and necessary.

The government hoax is exposed with nothing more than no service or product should to be provided at the barrel of a gun. If the service men and women doing business as a pretended "state" is so valuable, then people will voluntarily accept and pay for it.

Some attack this saying, "Whatís the alternative?!" Thatís easy:

Anything done under the guise of consent can be done by consent.

Men and women pretending to be "government" only have to do one thing different (hereís the "radical" "extremist" part): provide their services on a voluntary basis like everybody else.

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May 4, 2004

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Marc Stevens is the author of Adventures In Legal Land, the controversial and humorous new book that exposes the government hoax.He can be reached at

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