On 2002-01-24 11:41, Polare wrote:
You want a better world? There's one word to correct almost every problem on the face of the earth: REPEAL. Repeal the laws passed in the 20th century, and peace, wealth, and happiness will result.
I'm sorry to say that I have to object a bit to this. There's at least a FEW good laws passed in the last hundred years. You know, little things like don't discriminate based on race, gender, etc. That whole "Civil Rights" thing... I'm sure you've heard of it somewhere?
Oh, yes, and there's been a few other good things like antitrust laws... sure, they're not wielded well by the government but they have proved to be useful in the last 60 years at a couple of points...
It's too bad if you haven't heard of any of these "useful" laws. Do you really think that the world will be more "peaceful" and "happier" if there's no laws against discriminating based on race or gender?
I've heard of these laws. As a citizen (and not a subject) of the United States, I am also aware that they are expressly disallowed by the Constitution of my nation. Thus, I know more about them than any of the supporters, who generally live in a vague, gauzy world where truth is subjective and facts are inconvenient.
Why do I oppose antitrust laws? Because I know by my capacity for reason that the most fundamental human right, the one which makes all the others possible, is the right to private property, and so-called antitrust laws directly attack that. And that means, among other things, that such laws are not allowed in the United States. Considering that there has been a greater concentration of wealth and power in the hands of those who have not earned it since such laws and their follow-up regulations were passed than at any time in the last 1000 years, it's also obvious they do exactly the opposite of their stated purpose. Which was their real purpose from the start.
Why is anti-discrimination law bad? Because it makes me, the owner of a business, a slave. And not the slave of an honorable owner, but the slave of a piece of filth the likes of which did not exist until the 20th century. The government, in the name of anti-discrimination, can order me to hire people from certain government-invented ethnic classifications, or sex categories, rather than those I deem most fit for those positions. This forces me and other employers to become as racist as the officially racist government in service to the policy which is intended to persecute people for the content of their consciences (thoughtcrime) and the actions with their own property, the protection of which is the only legitimate reason governments exist in the first place. Such laws are based on the lawless premise that a job is not owned by the company owner, but by the government, or an applicant. That is slavery.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Ragnar Dan on 2002-02-05 00:40 ]</font>