Welcome to the 58th edition of the Carnival of Liberty. I’m a day late getting this up, but that was unavoidable, so, without further delay let’s get on with the Carnival !
First up, Brad Warbiany contributes a post from The Liberty Papers wonders what the world would be like if we enforced the speed limit the same way we enforce drug laws:
When you elevate a common crime to eeevvviiilll status, particularly a crime that most people don?t feel is necessarily ?wrong?, you run into a problem. In order to continue to enforce the crime and stop the behavior, you must continually increase penalties. The only way to get people who don?t feel like what their behavior is wrong is to make the penalties so high, and the detection so severe, that nobody dares get caught engaging in that behavior.
We?ve already gotten to the point where cars, houses, and any other property ?used? in the commission of a drug ?crime? can be seized. What happens when we do the same for speeding? You?re caught speeding? Lose your license and your vehicle. That should cut down on it, right? If you create a BS law that nobody feels is legitimate, the only way to enforce it is to create draconian punishment!
And that, unfortunately, is exactly what the drug war has become.
Next up, Matt Barr writes about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who some now call the most powerful man in the country:
Contrary to what I gather is popular belief, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Founding Persons didn’t sit around wondering what would happen if something went sideways and say, “I know! We’ll have a Supreme Court who can strike it down!” If it even occurred to them that the Supreme Court might be in a position someday where it could erase laws from state codes they had considered and validated 15 years earlier, they would have blinked a couple times at how ludicruous the hypo was but then noted that Congress could take away the Court’s appellate jurisdiction any old time it wanted. Checks and balances.
From Stephen Littau at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds, we have Stephen’s thoughts about the most recent developments in the War on Terror:
The threat of Islamofascism is one most of us have failed to take seriously. Islamofascism and our unwillingness to deal with it is the greatest threat to our security, our liberty, and life as we know it. These are serious times which require serious leaders with serious plans to defeat a serious enemy. I am seriously skeptical that such a leader exists and the future of our country is in serious jeopardy.
I wish I could say that I thought Stephen was being overly pesimisstic, but I can’t.
From Liberty News we have a look at the threat that some international treaties pose to individual liberty.
People often complain that libertarians and conservatives have no compassion. That we simply don?t care about the less fortunate. While I can?t speak for others, I do care. Thing is, in my admittedly short time on this earth, I?ve learned the difference between acting like you care and actually caring. The dichotomy is something I?ve seen in relatives, friends, teachers, mentors?basically anyone in a position to affect the long-term behavior of anyone else in a meaningful way.
Next, writing from China, Lonnie Hodge of One Man Bandwith writes about the latest censorship campaign coming out of Beijing:
According to Joe McDonald of API China has sent Homer and family home on a slow boat to America along with Mickey Mouse. And Pokemon, the favorite of epileptics everywhere, has been repatriated to Japan.
Okay, that’s it. Go after Homer and you’re on my enemies list.
The difference between a state bureaucrat and a private individual is that the bureaucrat doesn’t need to persuade you he’s right. He can just force you to do what he wants. The state, ultimately, reduces itself to nothing but coercion of productive efforts and resources into obeying the ruling class values in that society. And so anyone who supports the state is a traitor to his own values and his own freedom.
Finally, Francois offers another post, this time from Check Your Premises, asking why the state never seems to learn from its failures
And that’s all we’ve got this week folks. I’d like to thank everyone for contributing and making this another great Carnival. Next week, the Carnival of Liberty will be hosted by Peter Porcupine