Authority is nearly always interpreted as police and the courts. In media jargon it also can be a reference to political or social leadership in general. For example, military troops become authority during an occupation and the mayor, or civil disaster administrator can be an authority during a time of isolated natural disaster.
In all cases, the person of authority has the appointed right to rule over the public. All interpretations of authority are supported by the courts, or the law.
The laws of the land are always made by the men in charge. Many are drafted by local councils while others are handed down by state or federal governments. Laws can be both fair and unfair, depending upon circumstances. All laws are binding. All laws can and should be broken under certain conditions. Yet violating any of these laws can get us arrested, brought before a judge, and sometimes jailed. When it happens, we are usually always forced to pay a hefty fine that few people can afford.
That the fine money goes back into government coffers and pays the salaries of the high priced lawyers, judges, court clerks and police officers who operate and maintain the legal system is, in a sense, a conflict of interest. There is always political pressure on the police and courts to make enough arrests and convictions and generate enough money to keep the system operating smoothly.
New laws are being written daily, but governments rarely purge old laws from the books. Thus there is a collection of thousands and thousands of laws on the books. In the United States it is difficult for anyone to go through a day without accidentally or unknowingly violating a few of these laws.
A police officer once told me that it was easy to find a reason to make a traffic stop. He said that most drivers unwittingly violate traffic laws all the time. All he had to do, he said, was follow a car for about two city blocks before finding cause to turn on his lights and siren.
The sad truth about our legal system is that it is corrupt. It is designed to feed upon itself at the expense of the general public. It is a secret tax upon the land.
The war on drugs is the very worse example of the way in which this corrupt system works.
While most people can agree that some drugs, namely heroin and cocaine, are harmful, destructive and highly addictive, and consequently should be banned from public consumption. These drugs are no longer considered a medical treatment for anything. They are, thus, recreational drugs and unnecessary.
The attack on marijuana, and even the psychedelic drugs found to be beneficial in treating and correcting abhorrent behavior patterns, is totally unnecessary. Instead of permitting these drugs to be administered by doctors on a prescription basis, our government has chosen to conduct a campaign to destroy all traces of the drugs and to imprison anyone caught producing and distributing them.
The police, in a sense, act as a control on the trafficking of marijuana, which is more popular than ever for both medical and recreational reasons and can be grown in anybodys back yard. Governments have used the drug laws to feed their pockets. Our jails and prisons are crowded with drug offenders. And the organized crime syndicates, that traffic in these medications, are making billions.
I have gone into this discourse to point out the corruption that binds us all. I also argue that it is all right to defy this authority whenever possible. But it must be done in such a way that the police and courts are bound by their own laws and prohibited from doing anything about your actions.
Here are the rules:
Never physically resist arrest or publicly protest anything. The answer is non-participation.
If stopped in your car by a police officer and issued a traffic summons, sit quietly in your car. Say nothing unless the officer asks you a question. Never volunteer information. Produce all of the documents you are asked to show, and remain polite at all times. Never get out of the car and keep the drivers side window rolled up except for enough of a slit to pass the drivers license and proof of the insurance on the vehicle you are operating.
If issued a summons, and 99 percent of the time you will be, expect to go to court and plead innocent. Even if you are guilty of something, never admit it. Traffic tickets are usually always handled by the local magistrates because the courts are usually packed with people charged with more serious offenses. You have a right to have a trial before a judge, however, even for a speeding ticket. Demand that right. It will force the judge to make time for your case to be heard. It will bind the arresting officer to take time off from his schedule, or his free time, to testify in court. Someone from the prosecutors office and a court clerk also must be involved. It will take weeks to set up such a trial.
When your trial occurs, stand before the court on your own. Never hire a lawyer, and don't let the judge appoint one on your behalf. Lawyers charge big fees. When the court convicts you, the fee charged by the lawyer will be added to the amount of money you are ordered to pay.
During the trial remember that you have a right to remain silent. It is up to the police and the prosecutor to prove that you are guilty. You also have the right to question the police officer and any other people who testify against you. You are not required to prepare a defense, but you may have witnesses testify for you if you think it will help. Expect to lose your trial. But remember this. The fine and court costs you pay must not be any higher than the court would have charged you anyway. Because you demanded a trial, the state is obligated to pay the fees of the police, the judge, the prosecutor and court recorder during your time in court. Figure it out. A speeding ticket might cost you $100. Your trial might cost the state a thousand dollars.
If enough people stopped parading like sheep into the court magistrate's office and paying their fines, but demanding trials instead, it would not take long to tear down the walls of this corrupt system.
Another intricate part of the judicial system is the jury box. While a small court trial for a traffic offense does not require a jury, most court trials do. Consequently the courts have a complex program of pressing, or snatching citizens off the street for jury duty. If you are an established resident in your community the chance is very good that you will be summoned at least once, if not several times in your life, for jury duty.
Always show up for jury duty. It is the law. Answer the questions truthfully when the lawyers consider you as a juror. If you are forced to take time from your job or school to hear a trial, remember to practice quiet resistance. Always side with the defense. Even if you think the accused person may be guilty, add that question of doubt and carry it into the jury room. If you refuse to budge on this issue, you can hang up the jury and force a new trial. It also may be possible for you to convince the other jurors to share your doubts and find the defendant innocent.
Dont vote. All elections in the United States are corrupted. The only exception might be to vote against a proposal to increase a tax on your house. Always say no to that.
Dont salute the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance to it. The words uttered by the masses as they stand before their flag are no longer true. Thus you lie when you say you admire the flag because it stands for a Republic, and assures liberty and justice for all. The United States stopped being a republic at least 100 years ago, if it ever really was one. And as you now know from reading this essay, there is no real liberty and justice for everybody. It only exists for the rich and powerful.