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Another reason against licensing

July 15th, 2009

Licensing is a way governments coerce people out of a field. Whether its teaching, plumbing, or massage therapy, licensing keeps prices high, quality low, and bureaucrats fat. Here is another reason why I disagree with licensing.

These parents sought out this school and teacher for her specific skills. The state thinks otherwise. Its ridiculous to think the state is better at making these decisions that sane adults. I fully support this teacher. Climb on!

Great Post on Stop Signs

July 14th, 2009

As a libertarian, I am not against rules. I even enforce rules… on my property. I don’t let my son play with exposed electrical wires, that is against one of my rules. The above story makes a great statement.

Now, I’m not saying that we don’t need rules in society. But the question of who makes the rules and on what basis becomes supremely important. Will the rule making flow from the matrix of voluntary exchange based on the ethic of serving others through private enterprise? Or will the rules be made and enforced by people wearing guns and bulletproof vests with a license to shock or kill based on minor annoyances?

I’d rather the former than the latter. Guns are only necessary for making others live the way you do, or defending your lifestyle. The first is coercion, the sole business of government, and the second is self defense.

CCW Holders can Carry in AZ

July 13th, 2009

Arizona’s governor had a moment of brilliance by signing a bill allowing individuals with Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit to carry handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol, assuming they are not consuming themselves. This is an excellent plan. Allowing law-abiding individuals to protect themselves is the only logical choice for any citizen. Opponents argued that gun toting individuals will endanger public safety. Its completely baseless. Its a poorly known fact that no CCW permit holder has ever been convicted of a felony, ever. What does that mean? It means that law abiding citizens are exactly that. Guns don’t turn John Q. Citizen into crazy murderers and rapists. Guns turn John Q. Citizen into a self (and others directly around him or her) defender. It provides protection to our communities, protection that police could never provide. Kudos Governor Brewer.