If government claims it will finally allow you — after you buy a license — to do something you’ve always had a natural human right to do, but makes the rules for getting the license so burdensome, complex, annoying, and expensive that few will jump through the hoops, what was really accomplished? Was your freedom increased or was it a scam?
(My Eastern New Mexico News column for October 13, 2021)
If government claims it will finally allow you– after you buy a license– to do something you’ve always had a natural human right to do, but makes the rules for getting the license so burdensome,…
If you define political power as the power of government, then I don’t want political power. It’s the power to bully. This power is concerned with controlling others. I’m only concerned with controlling myself, and that doesn’t involve political power…
Consider: Those who gained power or prestige by using the COVID panic will not willingly go back to the way life was before. They will have to be forced out. They’ll probably make this a crime before you get the chance. Try anyway.
Tax the rich? It sounds like a great idea … to people without a grasp of economic reality. For the rest of us, it looks like national economic suicide.
You may have picked up subtle clues that my opinion of politicians is exactly as low as my opinion of freelance thieves, bullies, and vandals. It’s impossible for me to dislike them more than I already do. Still, I admit some politicians are undeniably worse than others.
Is the pandemic response a way to increase authoritarianism? Yes. Intentional or not, this has been the result.
A couple of centuries ago, a smart fellow known as Voltaire pointed out, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This is a timeless truth.
If you want the vaccine because your opinion of the relative risks differs from mine, I want you to get it. If you get the vaccine, I hope it works or at least makes you feel safer — whatever you want it to do.
(My Eastern New Mexico News column for September 1, 2021)
I am not anti-vaccine. I’ve been vaccinated for a few things in my adult life because I think the risk of those vaccines is less than the risk or inconvenience of the diseases they are supposed…