“Why do people obey the commands of the government, which always constitutes a small minority of the total population?” In 1553 Etienne De La Boetie, a young French law student and member of the ruling class, asked this intuitive question and then proceeded to answer it. In doing so he delved deeply into the nature of tyranny and into the nature of state rule itself. The insight he found is astonishing.
The insidious nature of the war on cash derives not just from the hurdles governments place in the way of those who use cash, but also from the aura of suspicion that has begun to pervade private cash transactions. In a normal market economy, businesses would welcome taking cash.