By what authority?

By what authority or right do governments commit murder and theft? This short video poses five questions which demonstrate the illegitimacy of representative government.

---- THE FIVE QUESTIONS ----

1) Is there any means by which any number of individuals can delegate to someone else the moral right to do something which none of the individuals have the moral right to do themselves?
2) Do those who wield political power (presidents, legislators, etc.) have the moral right to do things which other people do not have the moral right to do? If so, from whom and how did they acquire such a right?
3) Is there any process (e.g., constitutions, elections, legislation) by which human beings can transform an immoral act into a moral act (without changing the act itself)?
4) When law-makers and law-enforcers use coercion and force in the name of law and government, do they bear the same responsibility for their actions that anyone else would who did the same thing on his own?
5) When there is a conflict between an individual's own moral conscience, and the commands of a political authority, is the individual morally obligated to do what he personally views as wrong in order to "obey the law"?

In similar vein, the latest Runnymede Gazette questions whether democracy can be made to work and examines the concept of Jury Nullification, the right of a jury to overturn laws. There are a wide range of topics covered in this edition, well worth the read:

RUNNYMEDE GAZETTE - A Journal of the Democratic Resistance MARCH 2015
CONTENTS
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EDITORIAL
TOWARDS THE SUPERSTATE
ACCESS MEETING; DEMOCRACY, CAN WE MAKE IT WORK?
THE LAW AS THE FIRST PROPERTY OF THE COMMONS?

RUSSELL BRAND’S REVOLUTION - Robert Kirchner; The Libertarian Alliance Blog

JURY NULLIFICATION - DO THE RIGHT THING? - Dan Bunting; British Constitution Group Bulletin

EXCERPT FROM 'THE HISTORY OF THE COMMON LAW OF ENGLAND' - Matthew Hale; 1713

EUROPEAN COMMISSION CHIEF WANTS TO CREATE NEW EU ARMY - Joshua Krause; Activist Post

UK PARLIAMENT - WHAT IS THE POINT ANYMORE? - British Constitution Group Bulletin

FULL BIOMETRIC TREATMENT FOR ALL FORMS OF EUROPEAN TRAVEL - Amanda Warren; Activist Post

RE-IMAGINING DEMOCRACY - PEOPLES' ASSEMBLIES - Paul Feldman; OurKingdom; via Mark Barrett; Occupy

A CENTURY OF WAR - F. William Engdahl; via Dave Barnby

GREAT BRITAIN CREATES A CYBER BRIGADE TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION - Vladimir Platov; Activist Post

BIG BROTHER WATCH BULLETIN - Emma Carr; Big Brother Watch

WORRIED ABOUT SMART TVS LISTENING IN? WELCOME TO THE SMART HOME - David Meyer; Gigaom

DIGITAL ELECTRONIC “INTERNET OF THINGS”(IOT) AND “SMART GRID TECHNOLOGIES” TO FULLY EVISCERATE PRIVACY - Prof. James F. Tracy; Global Research

OFFICE PUTS CHIPS UNDER STAFF'S SKIN - Rory Cellan-Jones; BBC; via Richard Colborne

THE ECB'S NOOSE AROUND GREECE: HOW CENTRAL BANKS HARNESS GOVERNMENTS - Ellen Brown;The Web of Debt; via Truthout

IS SOROS PREPARING A COLOUR REVOLUTION FOR GREECE? - Brandon Turbeville; Activist Post

ARE YOU READY FOR TOTAL CURRENCY WAR? - Ron Holland; the Daily Bell via Activist Post

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