A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 16, 2022
“Government is organized crime”

"Government is organized crime” is a popular anti-government saying. “Taxation is theft” is a frequent associated saying.

“The government is organized crime” (said by fugitive Edwain H. Gaudet) was printed in an Associate Press story on August 22, 1973. “Taxation is theft. Government is organized crime” was said by Brent Bissell of the Libertarian Alternative party in the Edmonton (Alberta) Journal on September 17, 1973. “Government is organized crime” was printed in a letter to the Daily News (New York, NY) on September 14, 1977.

“Bumper Sticker: ‘the Federal Government is organized crime’” was posted on Twitter by NIGHT monkey on March 25, 2010. “Government is organized crime” was posted on Reddit—Libertarian on November 1, 2013. “Government is Organized Crime” (a song) was posted on YouTube on August 15, 2014. “THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ORGANIZED CRIME” was posted on Twitter by Carrie Mayo on March 29, 2016. “THIS TRUCKER IS 100% RIGHT鈥硷笍 GOVERNMENT IS ORGANIZED CRIME鈥硷笍” (a trucker displays the sign) was posted on Twitter by The Dollar Vigilante on February 2, 2022.


Wikipedia: Organized crime
Organized crime is a category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for profit. While organized crime is generally thought of as a form of illegal business, some criminal organizations, such as terrorist groups, rebel forces, and separatists, are politically motivated. Sometimes criminal organizations force people to do business with them, such as when a gang extorts money from shopkeepers for “protection”. Street gangs may often be deemed organized crime groups or, under stricter definitions of organized crime, may become disciplined enough to be considered organized. A criminal organization can also be referred to as a gang, ,i>mafia, mob, ,i>ring, or syndicate; the network, subculture, and community of criminals involved in organized crime may be referred to as the underworld or gangland. Sociologists sometimes specifically distinguish a “mafia” as a type of organized crime group that specializes in the supply of extra-legal protection and quasi-law enforcement.

Newspapers.com
22 August 1973. Honolulu (HI) Star-Bulletin, “Fugitive in Threat Case Surrenders” (AP), pg. A-22, col. 2:
“The government is organized crime.”
(Spoken by Edwin M. Gaudet, a former New Orleans policeman and the fugitive in this article.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
17 September 1973, Edmonton (Alberta) Journal, “New party pledge to raise hell, abolish income taxes,” pg. 36, col. 4:
Brent Bissell, another director of the (Libertarian Alternative—ed.) party and a third-year Commerce student at the University of Alberta, said “taxation is theft. Government is organized crime and the activities of the Mafia are pale in comparison.”

Newspapers.com
14 September 1977, Daily News (New York, NY), “Voice of the People,” pg. 47, col. 3:
PUBLIC ENEMY
Manhattan: After all we have seen of Agnew, Nixon, Mandell, the Korean connection, Beame, Lance, Carey, etc., when will the public realize that politicians cannot be trusted? Government is not a friend of the people, but rather it is the people’s enemy. Government is organized crime.
KENNETH W. KALCHEIM

Newspapers.com
2 September 1996, Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel, “Libertarian candidates on local, national ballots” by David Hunter, pg. A2, col. 5:
Libertarians say the government is organized crime.

Twitter
Alien Superstar 馃懡
@Lauren_Levi
I don’t trust politicians they are big bullies and gangsters the government is organized crime if u ask me.....
10:26 PM 路 Nov 18, 2009路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
skc
@hermosasay
what organization has an unlimited budget --the federal government is organized crime -jail the lot --where are the RICO lawyers needed asap
10:01 PM 路 Dec 14, 2009路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
NIGHT monkey
@portorikan
Bumper Sticker: “the Federal Government is organized crime.”
12:08 PM 路 Mar 25, 2010路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jeff
@je7f
“Big Government is Organized Crime” might be the first thing the tea partiers every said that made sense.
8:23 PM 路 Sep 12, 2010路tGadget

Twitter
FreePhoenixNews
@FreePhoenixNews
#freedom #liberty Government is Organized Crime - by Mike Shone http://ow.ly/19I63z
11:26 PM 路 Oct 29, 2010路Hootsuite

Twitter
Tracy
@Tracyredmac
@whitehouse #40dollars Government is just organized crime with no consequences!
1:05 PM 路 Dec 22, 2011路Twitter for BlackBerry庐

Twitter
Ismail Shaukath
@IsmailShaukath
Government is organized crime ~ Grant Anderson
6:37 PM 路 Dec 26, 2012路Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Scotty VanGough
@LemmeShowYouu
“Everything in our government is just organized crime “ -David Adair
10:27 AM 路 Feb 26, 2013路Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Libertarian
Posted by u/redbaron5 GOPchanger November 1, 2013
Government is organized crime
Wikipedia’s list of things that organized crime does, and how government does the same things, or causes them.

2 Typical activities
2.1 Violence (wars)
2.1.1 Assault (wars)
2.1.2 Murder (wars)
2.1.3 Ideological crime (propaganda)
2.1.4 Other
2.2 Financial crime (The fed)
2.2.1 Counterfeiting (The fed)
2.2.2 Tax evasion (tax loopholes)
2.3 Cybercrime (Dept. of defense)
2.3.1 Internet fraud (healthcare.gov)
2.3.2 Copyright infringement (copyright laws)
2.3.3 Cyberwarfare (Dept. of defense)
2.3.4 Computer viruses (Dept. of defense)
2.4 White-collar crime and corruption (ponzi schemes like social security)
2.4.1 Political corruption (Politicians)
2.4.2 Corporate crime (the fed)
2.5 Drug trafficking (drug war)
2.6 Human trafficking (silly immagration laws)
2.6.1 Sex trafficking (exeption 1)
2.6.2 Illegal Immigration and People smuggling (silly immagration laws)
2.6.3 Contemporary slavery and forced labor (the draft)

YouTube
OSOG - Government is Organized Crime
Aug 15, 2014
Avital Tamir
From the 2014 album “Cowboys from Ukuhelle”
All rights reserved

Twitter
Make The Whole World Trill
@Truu_lyBlessed
“@RealYungSwagg: Government is just organized crime”
2:00 PM 路 Sep 17, 2014路Twitter for Android

Reddit—C_S_T
Posted by u/frankenmine June 30, 2015
Government is organized crime with good PR.
Discuss.

YouTube
专讘讬讚 驻诇讜讟谞讬拽 - 诪诪砖诇讛 讝讛 驻砖注 诪讗讜专讙谉 / Ravid Plotnik - Government is Organized Crime
Jul 13, 2015
Ravid Plotnik

Twitter
OMADMAN
@4U2Ascend
Government is just organized crime.
1:18 PM 路 Nov 4, 2015路Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Carrie Mayo
@Amazing_Grace2
Can we stop beating around the bush.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS
ORGANIZED
CRIME.
https://facebook.com/Patriotslivefree/photos/a.123345421202630.1073741828.108191252718047/502708466599655/?type=3&theater
10:22 AM 路 Mar 29, 2016路Twitter for iPad