Here's "how the world works" according to the criminal gang that prefers to refer to itself as "the United States Government" and its poltroon "allies" :
1. You have the option to register alli of your property with them. In this context "registration" strictly means "putting it somewhere they can steal it any time they feel like". And they will feel like stealing it whenever it appears conceivable that you might not be acting in furtherance of their policy goals, whatever they may be -- such as by not saying the right words, or not snitching effectually enough on others, or anything else, really. And besides, who doesn't need more money ? Certainly a bankrupt gang of pompous horse's asses could do with a little bit more.
2. Or else you have the option to own unregistered property, which is called "being a criminal" or "being a terrorist" (depending on whether you actually did anything or not really). The only "crime" the criminals know of anymore is simply this -- to have something of yourself, something they don't own before you, something they can't steal away at a moment's notice and without leaving a trace.
None of this steaming pile of rank nonsense is, or can ever be justice, or legal proceeding. It's fundamentally and without remainder the definition of lawlessness, and entirely similar to the pseudolegal regimes in all the pseudo-republics to date, from the Soviet Union to Sulla's Rome.
No "money laundering" proceeding can, or ever were, or ever will be lawful ; nor have I any intention to register my fortune with the thieves. As the old saying goes, "millions for defense, dear sirs, but not a penny in bribes".
Confronted with this, the copacetic acquiescence of the penniless multitudes is entirely indifferent. It is irrelevant in art what the people who own no art, and produce no art think about painted strap or marble bosom. It is irrelevant in the sciences what those who can't add, and those who don't add, think about "higher maths". It is just as irrelevant in both law and equity what a gang of thieves backed by the bovine slobber of a clueless herd loudly clamour.
Yes, they can perhaps reach far enough to hang you. Nevertheless, the story stands today as it stood years ago : either you throw off the yoke, or we shall cut off your heads. It's true that the citizen can be killed by robbers as well as by lictors, but the citizen is well advised to bear in mind the danger from the robber's but temporary ; there will be no saving of today's minions from tomorrow's republic.———
- If you're discussing movable property, then mandatory use of so called "banks", which are studiously nothing more than government offices. If you're discussing real estate the pretense put forth is that you can't even own outside of the act registering your property with them. If you're discussing chattels, such as your wife/children/etcetera, the pretense being put forth is that private ownership is not even possible -- all wives belong to the local circuit judge to do as he pleases, and all children belong to whichever "social workers" set their eye on them first. Or last. Or whatever. [↩]