That is the very first thing every officer is taught in military school.
All laws, even the most mundane, end in the death penalty.
They have to.
If you get a parking ticket…
…and you refuse to pay it…
…and you resist the state’s attempt to collect…
…you must either agree challenge their interpretation through their own courts
(thus tacitly agreeing they have the authority to take your property)
…or you flee their jurisdiction
(and thus tacitly agreeing they have the authority to take your property)
…or you must passively surrender
(which again tacitly agrees they have the authority they claim)
…or you physically resist…
…and you either resist and win
(thus destroying the state and its authority)
…or you lose…
…and they kill you…
The state cannot allow its authority to go unchallenged.
And absolutely this includes the most benign, citizen-participatory grass-roots democracies imaginable. The state cannot pass laws unless they can enforce the laws, and they cannot ignore those who refuse to acknowledge their authority.
This includes those within the government who are corrupt or attempt to circumvent the law for their own purposes. Those officials must be identified and brought in line with the true authority of the state, or else the state loses all credibility as a governing force.
Many states are reluctant to escalate confrontations too quickly and there is much wisdom in that: Better by far to let a minor traffic offender escape for the moment than to launch a dangerous high speed chase that might result in innocent people being hurt; the state can always track the offender down later and deal with them.
And many states will use or encourage banishment to avoid a head on confrontation with a problematic citizen. That serves both parties’ goals: The state has its authority recognized by someone fleeing their jurisdiction in order to avoid that authority, and the person banished can rightfully claim they have not submitted to what they feel is an unjust authority.
Every state, even the most totalitarian, governs through the consent of those governed, and that consent is the basis of their authority.
Laws against premeditated homicide were just as valid in Nazi Germany as they are in modern day Israel.
If authority cannot enforce its laws, then there are no laws, and if there are no laws, then there is no authority.
We the people have the right to set limits and decide how those limits are enforced in our various cultures and societies. Those cultures and societies (i.e., the state) have the authority we give them to enforce those limits.
If we don’t like it, we can either try to persuade others to support a change in those limits, or we can leave.
Or we can fight and hope to destroy the state and replace it with something we prefer.
Secular readers can stop here;
religious readers can follow after the jump.