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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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Monday, October 12, 2015

Helen Kelly & Begging Inhumane (Probably Quite Insane) Politicians for Pain Relief & Dying with Dignity.

CTU boss Helen Kelly is rightly angry at having to ask for permission to gain access to cannabis oil for relief from her cancer:

Terminally ill Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly plans to ask the government for permission to legally access cannabis oil for cancer pain relief.

"I'm actually going to write to Peter Dunne, who's got permission to give me cannabis oil, and I'm going to ask him to do that," Kelly told TV3's The Nation on Saturday.

Having exhausted legal pain relief medicines, she was "brassed off" about having to go onto the black market for cannabis oil because "you don't know what you're getting".

I agree. And in this kindy of a country there’s another issue here:

Indeed, reading NBR on Sunday I see Helen has made the connection to euthanasia herself:

Ms Kelly says cannabis oil relieved pain, and while she was not sure about its curative qualities, she was interested in research into them.

Ms Kelly says the new immunotherapy drug was not working "so yeah, that's my lot really".

She has access to morphine but called it a horrible drug.

Ms Kelly, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer in February.

She says she believes in voluntary euthanasia “in the right circumstances” and doesn’t think that vulnerable people could be at risk.

“You’re not more vulnerable than when you’re dying of a terrible illness and you’re in pain, are you? And so ‘vulnerable people need protection’ could mean that you support them to make choices about whether they want to keep on living," she says.

Then moving to the press on Monday, Helen with more on the pain relieving benefits of cannabis oil over morphine:

"I've tried (cannabis oil). I'm not promoting it as a curative but as a pain relief it's incredibly effective for me and it doesn't make me feel sick, which morphine does."

After exhausting all legal pain reliefs Kelly resorted to the black market for cannabis oil but says she didn't like putting people in that position to help her.

"It just seems absolutely insane that I've got no idea what I'm taking, how much I should take or how it's manufactured - it's crazy."

And this:

Prime Minister John Key has previously said he wouldn't support a parliamentary debate on broadening access to medicinal cannabis because there are alternatives available.

You arrogant arse, Prime Minister.

Helen Kelly and I are implacable ideological opponents, but we also have a shared bond: we're human. I can’t say that for these tyrants in the Fortress of Legislation who think democracy voted them dominion over our bodies even in our deaths, and have the power of inflicting Helen's pain on her. Who the hell do they think they are?

All the best Helen. And 100 points for this line:

I think sometimes the law is an we are going around imprisoning and convicting and carrying on about this drug while the codgerati drink their chardonnay."

You can be sure ‘codgerati’ will be seen in future posts.

To every politician who has done - and continues to do - nothing on progressing New Zealand’s most important human rights issue of the moment; euthanasia, (and related, medicinal cannabis) - go to hell. Because fobbing off euthanasia to a select committee hearing in the Never Never and chaired by the only parliamentarian who trained for the seminary, thus can never change his mind against the sin of euthanasia, is not giving us a debate, it’s giving us the finger. As is an unwillingness to even debate medicinal cannabis. And frankly, I find it offensive I have to waste my precious time this summer writing a submission to this waste-of-time select committee for a basic right and for simple humanity: noting this may well be too late for Helen.

Signed: Disgusted.

And signing off with (excuse the typo, it's Twitter):

No, while I’m at it, people are becoming seriously ill on this new strain of synthetic poison in the country: for pity’s sake, just legalise safe cannabis for recreational use.

This Arrogance of Altruists who demand to run our lives are nothing but cruel bastards.


  1. I remember my mother on morphine, she hated the stuff because it left her feeling nauseous. She preferred the pain. I support Helen 100%. But there does seem something incongruous about the head of a union railing against having to get permission from the state.

    1. Yes, re the morphine. And yes, re your last sentence.

      We learn some lessons late. (And the problem is with medicinal cannabis and dying with dignity, without compassionate law, when you are in the position either would be a godsend, it's too late. We live in an authoritarian democracy where the codgerati (Helen's word) are not protecting our rights - to own our bodies and health outcomes - but abrogating them.