The Crime of Civil Forfeiture

The only good that I see ever coming from civil forfeiture is that it reveals more clearly than does any other practice of the modern state the true, predatory nature of government

Yep, indeed it does. Knowing how this works will make you want to slap the next sumbitch that tries to tell you we live in a “free” country. — jtl, 419

by Don Boudreaux on October 6, 2014

in Civil Asset Forfeiture, Video via Café Hayek

Although more than 16 minutes long, this video of John Oliver discussing civil forfeiture is well worth every second of your time.  It’s not only revealing, it’s also quite funny.

(Writing “funny” about the banana-republic practice of civil forfeiture seems odd, but the humor works well in this video without detracting from its serious message.)

Send this video to friends, family, co-workers, anyone who might conceivably watch it.  (HT Alex Tabarrok)

 (The only good that I see ever coming from civil forfeiture is that it reveals more clearly than does any other practice of the modern state the true, predatory nature of government.)

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2 Responses to The Crime of Civil Forfeiture

  1. Mike says:

    Reblogged this on This Got My Attention and commented:
    Watch the video. It’s funny but also very informative. “Civil Forfeiture” is nothing but legalized theft by the police. Honestly, such laws turn police into thieves for the politicians.


  2. Brian in Chile says:

    Police have always been thieves for the politicians. This video uses one of the most powerful weapons to use against the tyrannical enemy : stark humor. Making laughing stocks out of them really strikes at the heart of their shabby pretense at legitimacy.


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