Monday, April 6, 2009

End the War on Drugs II

Anonymous posted a comment I'd like to address. My response is in bold brackets:

Are you kidding me? What a joke Skyler. Your principles of self-ownership are ridiculous.

[You can deny your self-ownership all you want, but by what right do you have to deny me mine?]

What you propose is nothing sort of borderline anarchy. There must be laws. Just because somebody wants to buy sell and use drugs, does not mean they have a "right" too. Heck, as far as I'm concerned, they should make tobacco illegal.

[I don't disagree that drugs, be it marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol are indeed public nuisances, but after doing a cost/benefit analysis to their criminalization, both logic and history is on my side that the War on Drugs has failed. Fortunately for me, I also believe in freedom. Again, you can deny your self-ownership all you want, but you, or any one else, have no right to deny me mine.]

I should be able to walk outside my place of employment without having to take in a big wiff of smoke just because somebody else wants to stand by a trash can and smoke. Oh, but, hey, we own ourselves, so they can smoke all they want.

[Where you work is up to you. Your employment with your employer at their place of business is voluntary. You have a choice, make it.]

Whatever. I don't own myself. You don't own yourself either. You are not your own. I am not my own. We are indebted to One greater than ourselves. We are all beggars. That's all there is to it.

[I agree that spiritually, we've been bought. But as far as this physical universe is concerned, I own myself, and regardless of what I believe spiritually, I don't have a right to force those beliefs on anyone else.]

The only people worried about government expansion are those who are ignorant, those who are not willing to work within the system, like yourself.

[I'm worried about government expansion because the more government expands, the worse-off everyone is. I believe that freedom works because I've seen it work, but also because its morally superior. I believe I'll be held accountable for my beliefs and so it's important for me to understand and align myself with true and correct principles. I believe that is what I'm accomplishing, and use everyday to expand my knowledge of how things work. If I found that something I've held is false, I'll abandon it and align myself with truth. That is my goal, and thus far, my search for truth has led me to freedom.]

Heck, you voted for yourself, and despite what you claim, you really have to right to complain. Of course, you have your freedom of the speech, and freedom of the press, so say what you will. I just say, once again, thank goodness your views will have no lasting influence.

[The views I hold are in every particular the views of those men that established the foundation of the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, the Constitution. I don't believe it a perfect document, but I believe the principles of limited government and the protection of natural rights were inspired of One greater than ourselves. In the words of Auberon Herbert, "By what right do men exercise power over each other?" Can you answer that for me?]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

[The views I hold I don't believe it a perfect document, but I believe the principles of limited government and the protection of are in every particular the views of those men that established the foundation of the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, the Constitution. natural rights were inspired of One greater than ourselves. In the words of Auberon Herbert, "By what right do men exercise power over each other?" Can you answer that for me?]

Skyler, you in NO WAY can claim that the views you hold "are in every particular the views of those men that established the foundation of the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, the Constitution." This is simply not the case. Your views on the constitution are so radical the Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves if we were to abide by certain principles you hold. No, the people who run the government are far from perfect. But to say that you are aligning yourself with true and correct principles is bogus. Your view of self-ownership is nothing more than a selfish sense of entitlemet. Entitlement is NOT in lines with truth. And that is what you preach. You preach entitlement. "What's mine is mine. I won't work for anyone but myself. Any help given to an individual by the government or others is simply a way to make people lazy and take away others rights." Ridiculous. There is going to come a time when you discover that what is yours most certainly is not, and if I were in your shoes, that would make life miserable. Come on man. You hold such a double standard its sad.

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