Marijuana is wonderful at best, and harmless at worst. Making this plant illegal has led to an increase in violence from government agencies and cartels, and people in every state are realizing what a mistake criminalization has been. In the recent midterm elections legislation passed legalizing the plant on various levels. Florida, where I live, narrowly missed the 60% supermajority needed to add a medical marijuana amendment to the state constitution. Many were disappointed and irritated, blaming young people for not turning out to vote on this very important measure. As one of those non voting “youths” (albeit narrowly), I feel that the ire of pro-legalization voters is undeserved. You see, legalization is a trap.
In the summer of 2004 I found myself and twenty other “classmates” doing push-ups, jumping jacks, and all manner of physical torture for over an hour, while my Marine Corps drill instructor (a five foot two black woman from Arkansas) screamed at us. She was inflicting upon our class a form of group punishment called “Remedial Physical Training” or RPT. This “training” usually consisted of doing one exercise after another all while the drill instructor yelled in our faces. This was a common occurrence during my twelve weeks in Naval Officer Candidate School, but this event stands out in my memory because the lesson our drill instructor was trying to drive home was the importance of questioning orders that do not make sense.
I am not a doctor, and I am not offering medical advice. Let’s get that little disclaimer out of the way right off the top. I don’t want the fascist fools at the FDA who protect the criminal minions of the AMA and insurance companies to get any funny ideas about coming after me on some bullshit statute of legalese. That’s not paranoia talking, I assure you. That’s just good, old-fashioned common sense, along with foresight of the fact that I’m about to lace into those fuckers, as well as the system of Death Care that they serve, as hard as I possibly (and legally) can, and I’m not at all interested in winding up locked in a cell for what I say.
Over the last year the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has been getting a lot of airtime on the mainstream news. They’ve beheaded western journalists and prisoners, and now control large territories throughout Iraq and Syria. In the beginning of this year ISIL forces managed to take much of Al-Anbar province in western Iraq. ISIL is a violent non-State actor striving to become a State, just as the Taliban began as a non-State movement (including Osama Bin Laden) to resist Russian occupation, and became the State in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. ISIL and the Taliban both started out as a resistance to occupation, and like the Taliban, ISIL may already qualify as the de facto State in the Levant region.
One of the biggest WTF moments of the Ukraine crisis was this demonstration by New York City’s lesbian gay trans bisexual & queer community in support of the “separatists” (who are mostly Russian-hired mercenaries, led Russian GRU agents). The “separatists” are violently anti-gay.
At various times, Russia’s ever-changing propaganda centered on “protecting” Ukraine from European homosexuality. Sergei Aksyonov, the de facto leader of Russian-annexed Crimea has said “We do not need such people [homosexuals]. . . . Our police and self-defense forces will react immediately and in three minutes will explain to them what kind of sexual orientation they should stick to.”
So why would a LGBTQ community demonstrate on their behalf?
Secession has been on my mind ever since I moved to the Free State Project. I’ve noticed a distinct lack of talk about it here, though. I’ve heard of a small movement to create an independent district of northern New England and southern Quebec that would be called Arcadia, but it seems like it would be just that – another political district.
Where can a peaceful person go to live in peace (i.e. sans politics)?
For many years I have heard complaints that the life of consumer goods, in particular appliances such as washing machines, and refrigerators, is getting shorter and shorter. A typical complaint goes that a refrigerator bought 30 years ago likely still functions, but a modern refrigerator lasts at most 6-7 years before breaking down. Typically, the market is blamed for this (i.e. manufacturers create faulty products so that when they break down they get new orders). That means that they intentionally work against the interests of the consumer. While the observations of consumers correspond with reality, their explanation of this phenomenon is wrong. I want to stress that the producers of consumer appliances are unjustly blamed.
Two of the main questions asked by statists about Anarcho-Capitalism is, “Who will defend us?” and “Who will handle the court system?” For the answer to the first question please see my articles “Defense and the State,” “Costa Rica and Defense,” “Liechtenstein,” and “Maritime Defense.” In these articles I show real world examples of defense that’s not being provided by the state, and that the people living in these territories are thriving and prosperous despite being located in some violent and dangerous points in world history. For the answer to the second question let’s look at the issue of private courts.
“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude… I place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Yet we bound ourselves, and continue to add bindings, to a mechanism that is incapable of avoiding these perils, or their consequences. Even an admirer of Jefferson must regret that he misunderstood the inevitability of the machine, and his naivete in trusting human reason as an antidote. The question is, will debt crush republican virtues? Or maybe the question is, are there any republican virtues, anyway?