How Much Force is “Excessive” When Dealing w/ The Consensual Sale of Cigarettes? #AllLivesMatter


If you just answered that “Any and All Force is Excessive when dealing with Consensual Interactions”…  You just might be a “libertarian”.

Any time government deems any good or service: “illegal” police are then granted permission to use any and all force “necessary” to apprehend the suspect.  Every law is in fact an “opinion with a gun”.  You might feel differently about the Eric Garner situation if he was a rape or murder suspect.  But given the awful bloody facts:  Eric Garner died over allegedly selling single (and most importantly noted) “untaxed” cigarettes for 75 cents to consenting individuals on the streets of New York City.

The cigarette tax in New York State is $4.35 per pack.  An additional tax of $1.50 per pack in New York City.  That makes the total cigarette tax in New York City $5.85 per pack.  After all is said and done cigarettes in New York City average out to about $13.00 to $14.00 per pack.  It’s been estimated that over half of all cigarettes consumed in New York City are smuggled in by the black market.

More laws equal more criminals equals more force to apprehend said criminals.  The entire Eric Garner situation could have been prevented if the Criminal Justice System spent more time and effort on catching robbers, rapists and murderers and left alone non violent offenders of victimless non-crimes.

Politely asking fascists to not be fascists hasn’t had the best track record throughout history. Eric Garner resisted “legal” arrest.  However I would beg to argue that “legal” doesn’t equate to “right”.  The courts don’t actually deal in “right”.  They deal in “legal”.  Maybe the difference between the two is the ultimate problem.

Of course Eric Garner didn’t deserve to die.  He didn’t deserve to be arrested in the first place.


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Matt Bergman founded Punk Rock Libertarians in 2010. Formerly played guitar and sang in the Baltimore punk band "TENWATCH" and currently plays guitar and sings in "post freedom".