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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Why Isn’t The Psychoactive Substances Bill Subject To A Conscience Vote?

I keep demonstrating in this blog what a travesty for our freedom the majoritianism that representative democracy has fallen to is: mob rule, and politicians tied to the - in this case - cruel childishness of party lines.

Per my post yesterday, after contacting nearly all the sixty one National, United Future, and one Independent members of parliament who are voting in this Bill to authorise/demand animal testing for mere recreational drug use, I got just the one response … there’s nothing representative about this system, and party politics is deliberately used to take away individual accountability. In answer to my tweeted question, this was Tau Henare’s answer:

From that exchange I surmise Tau hasn’t even read the damn Bill: and why would he when he has no choice but to vote along party lines in this immoral system we have? His will be a mindless vote in favour of animal cruelty.

I know, fact, simply because we are all so different, that there is no way 100% of the MP’s from National will be happy voting for animal testing so kids can get high. There are two alternatives to this dreadful legislation:

My Libertarian take is simply to decriminalise cannabis: it has been tested on humans for over 6,000 years, with not one recorded death from it; it has definite medicinal properties, indeed, in more civilised and grown-up countries than ours serves as ammunition in the pain relieving arsenal of Western medicine. It’s not toxic, decriminalising it serves the end point of this Bill, with no animal having to be tested. That logic is irrefutable.

The second approach is the authoritarian one: simply ban all these awful synthetic substances so these teenager can’t touch the stuff. I’ve said before on this blog, animal welfare issues are the chink in my rationalist armour: even I would prefer the outright ban, here, if that saves the animals (and then I would just carry on advocating for decriminalising cannabis, because the government should have no say in what I do with my body, and because prohibition never works – Portugal’s stunning success in reducing addiction since decriminalising all drugs proof of this.).

Many of the conservatives in the National caucus would definitely opt for the authoritarian option: I bet Judith Collins is having some personal problems voting to make legal highs for teenagers possible, and she has a sense of humour and a heart, read her Twitter time line; I would be interested in her honest feeling about animal testing for this purpose. But some idiot backroom deal, in this corrupt system of (un)representative democracy, has been done with Peter Dunne, the man who through his midlife crisis is both trying to stop heli-hunting (deer being killed outright with a  single shot), while pushing for beagles and animals to be tortured and killed in the most painful ways possible over extended periods of time; a contradiction which is insane, frankly; but all these MP’s are now being forced to vote for this insanity because the Party says they have to, just like in all of Orwell’s nightmares.


Put this dreadful Bill to a conscience vote and I don’t think it gets through; or at least the Greens humane amendment would be added to it. The Bill concerns animal testing and drug taking: why isn’t it a conscience vote?

(I still hope to get an ‘official’ response to my email to Minister McClay: that will be published when received).

Update 1:

For the record, despite their amendment to take animal testing out of this bill has been struck down, the Green Party is still going to vote for this dreadful legislation. Shame of them. Shame on all who vote for this. There is no one in this awful Fortress of Legislation who represents me, or, apparently, the humane society.

Update 2:

Judith Collins has just put up the below confusing post. I've read nothing to say this is a conscience vote: as yet she has not confirmed whether she is voting for this Bill or not. Can someone please edify me. Is this damned thing only getting through because Greens are voting for it?

In the absence of confirmation from Judith Collins, I presume this means she has a belief psychoactive drugs issued under this new act will 'not fry kids brains'. That is simply nonsense: they will still be psychoactive drugs, that is, mind-altering. At best as harmless as cannabis, at worst, worse. With the difference being she is voting for animal testing for the synthetics. Such a position as deluded as it is cruel.

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