Whenever the Slings and Arrows

OF OUTRAGEOUS POLITICS rear their ugly heads, Toni complains that she’s sick and tired of politics. Although I do say things like, “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance” or “You May Not Be Interested In Politics But Politics Is Interested In You”, I also sympathize. Inherent in the right to Liberty is the right to be Left The Hell Alone. I believe firmly that the right to say, “Hell NO” to importunate government busybodies should be vigorously defended by all lovers of liberty, and that doing so with extreme prejudice should be considered dispositive.

Woon’t that result in anarchy?

Might, Dolly. It very well might. But consider this: the state does not monitor our every move — yet. And, yet, we manage to go about our daily business not infringing upon the rights of others (for the most part) or doing one another harm (for the most part), and no number government nosy-parkers could stop us if we decided not to. So riddle me this, Baby Doll: how does the existence or operation of government enhance this situation?

‘Ll… It doesn’t!

Of course.

And… so… what?

Well, the proximate cause of this rant is the approach of the so-called Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), which proposes we give the Federal government the power to shut down individual Internet domains by technical means (i.e., messing with the infrastructure of the Internet). Without providing the victims of this shutdown any benefit of due process.

The move is prompted by large, corporate interests — holders of pools of intellectual property (it should be noted, the creation of individuals) — who are by en large Democrat political supporters and campaign donors.

It is opposed by informed and substantive individuals. It should be opposed by all thinking persons.

Intellectual Property law is a thorny thicket and a sticky wicket and all that, and it’s hard to form a clear set of opinions founded on pure principle, so beset is the field by lawyers. And I must disclose that I personally have a dog in this fight, being a creator of intellectual property, in no matter how small a way. But one thing I have been able to noodle out and that is that I believe that copyright should inhere to the actual creator(s). That the only reason a corporation should hold IP rights is when it is specifically formed to protect the rights of the people who actually created the work. The idea that corporations can buy and sell rights in works that they had no part in creating strikes me as anathema.

And, yes, I realize this is a problem for software and motion pictures, to name but two. Actual cases need to be worked out. But I think the principle is sound.

But what bugs and fatigues me is that these damned statist outrages just keep fucking coming. You knock one down and a thousand more crop up to take its place. It’s never-ending. They’re all against the rules. But the statist creeps form a very exclusive club, and it appears they coopt nearly any and every one who has the temerity to mount assaults on them. And they move to protect one another, even when they shouldn’t.

Consider this. The Constitution — and therefore the legal framework of the United States — derives its just powers from the governed. Says so right here: We the People, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. So just where the hell do judges get off ruling that members of We the People do not have standing when statist fucks in Washington waive our rights with out so much as a willy. Or even a nilly. Need to show you’ve been harmed? How does having my liberty diminished — unlawfully, I might add — NOT harm me? Can there be no relief?

And I can’t help looking for a silver bullet. Like: ought it be lawful to assassinate tyrannical public officials? You’d have to stand trial, in jeopardy for your life, yes, of course. But should “He needed killing, Judge,” be considered an affirmative defense? (With a very high bar, of course.)

But somehow this shit’s gotta stop. Or we face a far worse whirlwind behind it.

Subsequently also ranted at Eternity Road.

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