Oscar Goodman: Deep Cover Anarchist?
Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 14 years ago, in 2009, on the World Wide Web.
So here in Vegas the city government has these stupid plans to take a vacant government building and force Vegas taxpayers to pour $11,500,000 or so into another government-subsidized tourist trap — this time, a new
Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, which is allegedly intended to attract more customers for the profit of downtown business owners. Here’s what Mayor Oscar Goodman had to say about this latest tax-financed corporate development boondoggle in a recent press interview:
It will bring an awful lot of attention to the community because it’s part of our roots,argues Mayor Goodman.Like it or not, we’re the mob.
— Mayor Oscar Goodman, quoted by News 3 KVBC (2009-07-09): What will become of the mayor’s Mob Museum?
… Hey man, you said it, not me.
.. the State, which subsists on taxation, is a vast criminal organization far more formidable and successful than any “private” Mafia in history….
Didn’t Rothbard regard the state as the most successful private mafia by definition? Or is the legitimacy somehow essential to qualify as a state? Like, in Central America where professional military thugs and a ruling family are in charge do those count as states or more like mafias?