The atheist H.L. Mencken was wrong.
An organized crime syndicate -- like "the Mafia" -- is evil. Its core purposes are evil, it is dedicated to evil, and dedicated to increasing the dedication of its members and their willingness to keep the criminal enterprise secret. Simply being a member of the Mafia is usually a crime, as society recognizes that the mere conspiracy to do evil is itself evil.
"Conspiracy"Wanting to "improve" the Mafia or make it more "efficient" is not just "a waste of time," it is also evil. If you witness Mafia acts of conspiracy or other crimes, you are either going to
West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. "Conspiracy is a crime separate from the criminal act for which it is developed. For example, one who conspires with another to commit Burglary and in fact commits the burglary can be charged with both conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary."
"The law seeks to punish conspiracy as a substantive crime separate from the intended crime because when two or more persons agree to commit a crime, the potential for criminal activity increases, and as a result, the danger to the public increases. Therefore, the very act of an agreement with criminal intent (along with an overt act, where required) is considered sufficiently dangerous to warrant charging conspiracy as an offense separate from the intended crime."
- oppose them
- do nothing (and become a "guilty bystander")
- or join their evil conspiracy.
"The Government" is evil. Its core purposes are to do things which everyone agrees are evil when done by people who have no plausible claim of being "the Government." "The Government" seeks to increase the loyalty and dedication of its members to carrying out its evil purposes, cloaked in secrecy or propelled by outright deception. Every humane society is endangered by the mere existence of a conspiracy to "govern" others.
Wanting to "improve" the Government or make it more "efficient" is not just "a waste of time," it is also evil. It is a crime against humanity. It is the crime of conspiracy.
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