One disintegration of the Rule of Law is apparent when we examine merely that way crimes are prosecuted. Those crimes that are against the state are seen as worse than other crimes, merely for the fact that they are against the state. For example, killing a white, 6-foot male police officer father of three with a stay-at-home wife and assets worth $100,000 is a far graver crime than killing a white, 6-foot male accountant father of three with a stay-at-home wife and assets worth $100,000 (yes, the parameters are somewhat arbitrary, but you get the gist…). Murray Rothbard elaborates:
The gravest crimes in the State’s lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of person and property, but dangers to its own contentment: for example, treason, desertion of a soldier to the enemy, failure to register for the draft, conspiracy to overthrow the government. Murder is pursued haphazardly unless the victim be a policeman, or Gott soll hüten, an assassinated Chief of State; failure to pay a private debt is, if anything, almost encouraged, but income tax evasion is punished with utmost severity; counterfeiting the State’s money is pursued far more relentlessly than forging private checks, etc. All this evidence demonstrates that the State is far more interested in preserving its own power than in defending the rights of private citizens.