Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pete holds his ground and is victorious

Here are two interesting videos from activist Pete E of the motor home diaries. The first shows an encounter he had with police in New Mexico over an open carry issue. Pete stood his ground and ended up leaving the scene unmolested by the cops who seemed very concerned that someone without a badge would have the gall to open carry a firearm and then not feel compelled to prove that they are not a felon as if felons typically walk around open carrying firearms and confronting police with video cameras. What kind of cop honestly believes this is the method of operation for a criminal trying to get away with some sort of crime?

The second video shows an exercise in futility as Pete attempts to get status on a fellow activist who was arrested while protesting for marijuana legalization.

Thanks Pete for your efforts.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sorry for lack of posts

Sorry I have not been posting lately. I tend to go through times where I simply do not care about politics. Then something happens to pull me back in. One problem with being a voluntaryist is that one dream I have is for a world where all interactions are consensual, this rules out any human-government action. Sometimes I ignore the vast machine of coercive action, it doesn't make it go away, but I have other shit I would rather be paying attention to instead of concerning myself with what the slave masters are up to this week.

I enjoy libertarian activism almost more as a hobby than anything else. I don't expect to change the world. Lately I have been seriously pondering if the government removes the barriers from marijuana and legalizes it in the way likely (with high taxes) if in 20 years will it be looked upon as a great stride towards freedom or the beginning of a new tyrannical age. It is hard for me to look at the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933 as a new age of tolerance and freedom. Instead the government took the new revenue streams from the taxes they collected on alcohol to create more tyranny. On the whole I see it as a loss for libertarianism. That was the beginning of the massive federal government and the war on drugs, etc.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Age of consent should be determined by emancipation

Lately I have been reminiscing about my high school days. I went to high school in several places, but Wooster High in Reno Nevada is where I consider my real high school experience to have taken place.

I was reunited with a friend from that time period who I was a roommate of. When I lived with her, I was 18, she reminded me that she was 16 at that time (she had left home at 14). I had forgotten how young she was. I had lived on my own at 16 as well. Looking back on it, we really were young adults and not kids, however there are some 14-18 year olds that are still kids. Also I have been listening to an ongoing debate on Free Talk Live about the age of consent and when should this occur.

My take on it is that the dividing line should be emancipation. Once a person has left home, no matter what the age they should be considered an adult and able to make adult choices. This might mean that a person who is mentally challenged is never considered a full fledged adult and some exceptional kids may be considered adults at young ages, but in the end I believe this is the most logical way to determine who is an “adult” and who is not, base it on the amount of responsibility and independence the young person has exhibited. However, the caveat here is also that parents have no right to hold a child against his or her will if the child desire to emancipate themselves. This should just be a natural consequence of leaving home and fending for yourself, no judge or government needed.