Libertarian Liberation

Libertarians should mount a national effort to get a representative elected at the state level.   I’m not sure about campaign contribution legislation, but I would gladly give to a campaign outside of my home state in order to free this party from the popular perception that its candidates’ campaigns are destined for failure.

Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Country

Ask what freedoms you’ll allow your fellow citizens.

I’m not suggesting that we eliminate laws that protect people’s rights, or protect the environment, etc. I’m suggesting that we don’t need laws that prohibit actions that can’t harm any unwilling participants. “Victimless crime” should be seen as an oxymoron. For instance, the act of prostitution has no victim. Prostitutes want to sell their services, and their customers want to buy them. Some people argue against legal prostitution by trying to connect it with other crimes, such as assault and rape which are already illegal and don’t fall under the “victimless crime” category. These people like to tout statistics about how often prostitutes are raped and assaulted without considering that by prohibiting prostitution we have forced prostitutes to deal only with criminals. What these people need to consider are the statistics surrounding prostitution in areas where it is legal. The same goes for gambling and recreational drug use. When only criminals are taking bets or selling drugs, it’s no surprise that these activities are so often connected with true crimes.

Another concern when considering the prohibition of drugs and gambling is the addictive nature of these activities. Because of this, the customer can effectively become an unwilling participant. However, we shouldn’t prohibit those citizens who can gamble and use drugs responsibly from doing so. What we should do is license these activities, and license drinking alcohol as well. These activities can be dangerous, and it’s important to make sure that people understand the risks involved. It’s also nice to be able to take people’s licenses away when there is evidence that they are irresponsible. For instance, if a man got drunk and beat his wife, he could be charged with assault and additionally have his drinking license revoked. It might be best to have an age requirement for obtaining a license, but age alone does not prove a responsible nature. Similarly, a driver’s license does not show up in the mail on your 16th birthday. It seems as though a driver’s license has taken on some of the roles for which a drinking license should be used. Most people use a driver’s license as proof of age when purchasing alcohol, when they should be asked to present their alcohol consumption license. When caught drunk driving, people often have their driver’s license suspended when there is little reason to prohibit them from driving sober. But as it stands, there is no way to keep them from being served alcohol in a bar far away from home the very same night.
I can see no justification whatsoever for laws regulating what consenting adults are allowed to do together in a sexual nature when in the privacy of their own homes.
In general, we should be looking for ways to extend more freedoms to more people without putting ourselves at risk. If the activities described in this post make you uncomfortable, I suggest you don’t partake in them.

Here’s Spit in Your Eye!

According to the Bible, Jesus spat in a man’s eyes to cure him of blindness.   It seems like an odd thing to do if Jesus was capable of healing the man without spitting in his eyes.   Did Jesus enjoy spitting on people? Christians claim that the spit was symbolic, or that the whole event was acted out in order that its record would speak to people throughout the ages.   Even though Jesus could have healed the man just by thinking it, he spat in his eyes anyway so that people would always remember how unfavorably we compare to Jesus and his Sky Daddy.   I think that’s the same reason a school yard bully would spit in another kid’s eyes: to set himself above his victim.   If there is a God, surely our relationship with him is abusive and we should try and get out.   I can practically hear the Christians already exclaiming “What about the good times?” just like a battered wife.   Similarly, we can’t help Christians out of their imaginary abusive relationship until they want our help.

It’s a Miracle!

On Friday I took my wife to her appointment with Dr. Whitten, and he cured her of her blindness. He clamped her eye lids open, numbed her eyes, cut a flap in each eye, pulled the flaps back and zapped her eyes with a laser. Then he brushed her eyes off a little, and put the flaps back. He gave her some drops to put in her eyes every couple hours, and sent her on her way. The whole procedure took only a few minutes.
My wife was never really blind; at least not by today’s standards. However, in a world without glasses, contacts, or lasik, she would be considered blind since everything farther than 1 foot from her eyes used to be blurry.

In the time that Jesus was supposed to have lived, what Whitten did for my wife would be considered a miracle. I don’t believe that Jesus actually cured anyone’s blindness by spitting in their eyes, but I am positive that my wife drove to work this morning without glasses or contacts.

Conclusion:

Science can actually accomplish things religion only claims to do.

Some people would thank God for a successful surgery. I’d like to thank Dr. Whitten for the effort he put in to his schooling, and his career. I’d also like to thank everyone else who worked to develop the lasik procedure, and build the machines that make it possible. Thank you for working to help improve people’s lives here on Earth… the only life we can be certain we’ll have.

Been there, done that.

In the United States, almost every atheist was raised with religion. American atheists know what it’s like to pray and expect to be heard. We know what it’s like to live to honor God. We know what it’s like to appreciate God’s blessings. We know what it’s like to have a heart filled with warm magic, and have our minds blissfully fulfilled when contemplating the deeper meanings of life. We aren’t atheists due to a lack of experience with God. We’re atheists because we’ve come to understand the truth that there are natural explanations for all the wonders in the world, even those things we once personally believed to be magic. We understand that we experienced God because we wanted to, or expected to, not because we have a personal relationship with Him. We’ve come to understand that at some level we always knew that God was make-believe, like a little kid pretending to be successfully hypnotized by his friend. Eventually, we just stopped pretending. Shouldn’t you?