“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
There is no way to rule the innocent
The only power governments can have
Is that to crack down hard on criminals.
But criminals are in such short supply,
That government becomes a pointless task,
So states invent new crimes and thus create
A means to justify their permanence.
The state declares so many things a crime
That it becomes impossible to live,
Without men breaking endless, petty laws.
And though this has been known for centuries,
Our government still craves to fix its hold
And knowing it can best impose its will,
By naming it an act of good intent
Designed to keep the population safe
From some invisible and deadly thing
Yet we’re not taken in, by their incompetence,
We are not so naive, despite our innocence,
And most of us can see the criminals,
Are those who’d do the hardest cracking down.
And so we have now reached the tipping point,
The great inversion we have reached before,
When man must act according to his conscience,
And know that crime exists in petty law.