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The argument for liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful means that human reason can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privileged, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from trying to do better.

F.A. Hayek

The Constitution Of Liberty

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hipsterlibertarian:

3 Months Later, Here’s What Denver Looks Like Since Legalizing Marijuana

rollership:

Guess what’s happened to Denver crime rates in 2014? …

According to new data, they’ve fallen across the board. Property crime is down 14.6% compared to the same period in 2013. Violent crimes are down 2.4%. 

Fantastic. This is exactly the kind of data we need to show that, as in Portugal (and with our own history of alcohol prohibition), ending the drug war means ending a lot of criminal activity.

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Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it’s awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer. And he had a lawful reason to be there and to stop her. […] By law, you have to be to the far left facing oncoming traffic.[…]

He told her I believe twice to quit resisting and she wouldn’t — she continued to resist. So, he put her on the ground.

Whitehouse, TX Police Chief Craig Shelton explaining why one of his officers tackled a local woman out for a walk, threw her on the ground, and arrested her for the grave offense of walking on the wrong side of the street.

The woman, Melissa Bonnette, had begun to jog away from the officer as he followed her on his motorcycle, concerned because of his behavior that he was not a real police officer — and assuming, of course, that a real police officer would not accost her for simply walking down the street.

Her assumption was wrong, as she now seems to realize: “I really don’t want to live in a town where something like this could happen to a law-abiding citizen,” she said. “I’m not going to be able to walk anymore, and that’s sad because I enjoy walking every day. But I’m terrified. It was just so traumatic.”

Chief Shelton has said the officer in question acted appropriately and will not be reprimanded.

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The cop said “stop resisting,” ergo she must have been resisting. And “resisting" is simply cop parlance for "existing." 

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libutron:

Amanita mairei - Mountain Seličevica, Serbia, City of Niš | ©Marjan Kustera

Amanita mairei (Amanitaceae) is an European Amanita included in the section Vaginatae. This species is characterized by its typical gray hat, the stipe introduced into a sheathing white volva, absence of ring, and has visible stretch marks on the margin of the cap. The cuticle is silver gray, bright, with large white chunks (remains of the universal veil).

In some regions this mushroom has culinary tradition, but has thermolabile toxins that must be removed by prolonged heavy fire cooking [source].

senerii: Ha Long Bay by theseBoetz on Flickr.

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The amount of blood being spilled, the violence, the loss of life that is happening around the world. Imagine how much of it is caused by governments directly and indirectly. The thought should make you feel uncomfortable. It should shake you and make you question a lot of what is communicated to you on a regular basis through all different types of media.

naughtylemonwhore asked:
RE: Drugs, would you say "legalize" or "decriminalize"? As far as I'm concerned, people shouldn't be thrown in jail for possessing any illicit drug. That being said, legalizing would have larger implications, and it would be a cause for alarm, say, if someone started manufacturing on a large scale without regulation. I mean, if someone started a grow-op, who cares, but if someone started manufacturing large amounts of meth, that could be problematic. Lines in the sand?

hipsterlibertarian:

Well, decriminalization is a great start, but I support full legalization.

I'd answer your scenario with this: Drug use rates are not significantly lowered by drug laws. Use rates in America simply have not been substantially affected by the war on drugs:

And the reason for this is simple: People don’t use or avoid drugs because of what the government tells them to do. They make their choices based on their own value systems. For instance, if all drugs were legal tomorrow, would you suddenly start doing meth, cocaine, and heroin? You wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t, and the vast, vast majority of us wouldn’t — because it’s not the laws which are keeping us sober. There might be a short-lived spike in experimentation, but that’s about it. 

In fact, with time, we’d likely see a decline in drug use — and we know this because it’s already happened. In Portugal, a relatively similar society to ours, drugs were decriminalized over a decade ago. After 10 years, drug abuse declined by half.

It’s certainly possible and maybe even likely that major drug manufacturers would spring up in the event of drug legalization. But bringing this industry out of the shadows of criminality could only be an improvement. We already have huge drug cartels, and currently they’re extremely dangerous organizations. Given the present situation, I’d much prefer to have drug providers as “regular” businesses, able to be sued for fraud and poisonous products and uninterested in murder as a business practice. 

So yeah, sign me up for legalization. I’ve never even seen pot in person, but I’m ready to completely end the war on drugs.


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