Orwell and Kafka Do America: How the Government Steals Your Money–“Legally,” Of Course

Due process and rule of law have been replaced with “legalized” looting by government in America.

Did you know that the government of Iran steals your cash if they find more than loose change in your car? They don’t arrest you for any crime, for the simple reason you didn’t commit any crime; but it isn’t about crime and punishment–it’s about“legalizing” theft by the state.

So the government toadies don’t charge you with a crime or arrest you–they just steal your money.

Pity the poor Iranian people–clearly, there is no rule of law to protect them from their predatory, rapacious, fake-democracy, quasi-totalitarian government.

Did you also know that if you deposit too much money in modest sums, the government of Iran steals all your deposits? They will claim–oh, the twisted logic of Orwellian, repressive governments–that you are obviously a drug dealer who is avoiding laws that require banks to report large deposits to the government.

Once again, you won’t be charged with a crime–in true Orwellian fashion the suspicion that you may have committed a crime is sufficient reason to steal your cash. Pity the poor Iranian people, living in such a banana-republic kleptocracy.

Did you also know that if you are caught with any drug paraphernalia in your vehicle, the government of Iran steals your vehicle? The crime isn’t a drug crime–it’s a property crime: what are you doing with the government of Iran’s vehicle?

Pity the poor Iranian people, living in a Kafkaesque nightmare where suspicion alone justifies the government stealing from its citizens, and an unrelated crime (possessing drug paraphernalia) is used to justify state theft.

As in a Kafkaesque nightmare, the state is above the law when it needs an excuse to steal your car or cash. There is no crime, no arrest, no due process–just the state thugs threatening that you should shut up and be happy they don’t take everything you own.

Your car and cash are guilty–and your house, too.

Alas, dear reader, I have misled you. It is not the Iranian government that uses these tricks to steal from its people–it is the U.S. government that uses these above-the-law excuses to blatantly steal from its citizens. I presented these Orwellian, Kafkaesque travesties of the rule of law as being Iranian so you would see them for what they are–the actions of an above-the-law, predatory state which falsely claims to be a democracy with a functioning judiciary.

All these forms of civil forfeiture in America are well documented:

Taken: Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?

Stop and Seize (six parts)

I strongly recommend reading every word of these articles before you start spouting nonsense about what a great and glorious government and legal system we have here in America.

After six years of gorging on the ill-gotten civil forfeiture gains of kleptocratic local government mafias, the Attorney General of the U.S., Eric Holder, recently announced that the federal government would no longer be taking its 20% share of the pounds of flesh stripped from the bones of U.S. citizens.

As my old African-American foreman F.B. would say: that’s awful white of you, Eric, after feasting on the billions of dollars stolen from Americans for six long years. The same can be said of President Obama, who has ignored the officially sanctioned thievery by government thugs and toadies for six long years.

Why Eric Holder’s civil forfeiture decision won’t stop civil forfeiture abuse

This is how Orwell and Kafka do America: each absurd justification for stealing private property is more outrageous than the next.

But wait–there’s More! That bastion of liberal politics, the state of California, a state completely dominated by Democrats claiming the cherished mantle of Progressive, is undoubtedly the most rapacious, thieving, Kafkaesque government in any nation claiming to be a democracy.

As I have documented in detail, the mere suspicion that you might owe the state of California some tax is enough for the state to steal all the money it finds in any of your bank accounts. And in a fashion that would have made the NKVD of the former Soviet Union proud, you also have to pay the bank a $100 (or more) fee for stealing your money for the state of California. (At least in some accounts, you had to pay for the bullet the NKVD would put in the back of your head.)

After they take all your money, you can call the state tax office and listen to a recording. If you have any money left, you can spend it trying to prove your own innocence, since the state of California already declared you guilty without any evidence or due process.

Welcome to the Predatory State of California–Even If You Don’t Live There (March 20, 2012)

The Predatory State of California, Part 2 (March 21, 2012)

Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 2: Law-Abiding Taxpayers Are Treated as Criminals While the Real Criminals Go Free (March 27, 2012)

When the state steals our cash or car on mere suspicion, you have no recourse other than horrendously costly and time-consuming legal actions. So you no longer have enough money to prove your innocence now that we’ve declared your car and cash guilty?

Tough luck, bucko–be glad you live in a fake democracy with a fake rule of law, a fake judiciary, and a government of thugs with the officially sanctioned right to steal your money and possessions without any due process or court proceedings.

Be glad we don’t have to torture a confession out of you, like the NKVD/KGB did in the former Soviet Union, because your cash and car are already guilty.

And that’s how Orwell and Kafka work in America–a nation that once was a democracy and could once claim to live under rule of law. Wake up and smell the stench of a gilded gulag, America; we’re living in one whether you care to admit it or not.

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  • HAC NY

    This sort of wealth distribution thievery has been going on for years in different countries around the world–I guess you must be upset that you cannot blame it on just liberal black politicos. For example, prior to the Obama Administration, the USA has been taking tax breaks away from people and businesses, and then saying “read my lips, not new taxes,” etc. The underreporting of the Fukishima radiation disaster just exposed the longstanding USA governments refusal to test sea water for radiation levels even though the USA has nuclear dumps in the ocean for decades–it goes on and on. I agree that many USA attorneys, in general, do not seem to really care about the American people.

  • Diogenes Shrugged

    HAC, the theft described here is NOT what you are calling “wealth distribution” (I assume you meant to say “redistribution”). Civil asset forfeiture, like taxes, represents the fruits of YOUR labor and MY labor going into the pockets of the cops, attorneys, judges and politicians who endorse and encourage it, not into the hands of welfare recipients. Governments by any name (republics, democracies, oligarchies, monarchies, feudal societies, socialisms, communisms) are ALL criminal syndicates whose chief objective is systematic theft, without exception. Let me repeat that. WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

    I saw no indication whatsoever that Charles Hugh Smith was blaming “liberal black politicos.” Which makes me wonder: are you a troll who race baits for the Obama administration?

    “Read my lips, not (sic) new taxes” was (approximately) what George Bush senior fibbed on the campaign trail prior to his re-election back in 1992. It had nothing to do with prior tax breaks.

    Fukushima has nothing to do with this article.

    U.S. attorneys are part of an ADVERSARIAL justice system that scores points by stealing plaintiffs’ wealth and putting them in prison. It’s not actually a justice system, but rather a contest to see if you can prevail when cops, attorneys and judges try to score points for themselves by winning even the flimsiest, most dishonest case they can muster to destroy you. Do they care about the American people? Ahem … does your dog care whether you enjoyed your dinner?

    Americans are sparrows with rat-sized ticks (i.e. government) attached to their necks. It is a valid debate now whether ANY of the sparrows will survive their parasites.

    I got the impression that your heart is in the right place, but your comment was neither well constructed nor on-topic.

  • Diogenes Shrugged

    It astonishes me that an article of this calibre, representing the interests of all Americans in the face of vanishing freedom and justice, gets just two comments some nine hours after it’s released. Three hundred twenty million downtrodden victims in this country, and just two comments. America’s pretend borders must indeed circumscribe the dumbest herd of sheep on the planet.

    Charles Hugh Smith, you don’t know me, and I don’t even know what you look like. But I want you to know that out of three hundred twenty million people in America who (mostly pretend) to have some affection for liberty, there is at least one who recognizes your prolific endeavors in the name of decency, justice and human freedom. I hear you loud and clear, and I’m appreciative. Hopefully, I’m not alone here, and the rest are just busy with something more important than their Facebook page.


    • Dr Smileyface

      …and it’s goodnight from Ayn Rand.

  • Dr Smileyface

    Another poor article from CHS.

    There was no Golden Age of law and order in the US. Black people have never had justice in the past – sharecropping, Jim Crow, lynchings, segregation etc – and the poor certainly don’t have justice now.

    Now white folk are being treated like black folk it causes indignation and we get articles like this.

    Welcome to the real world Charles.