Prop 56: Proof Libertarianism Doesn't Work?
I was over at Kym Kemp's news site this morning scolding some commentators for their support of Prop 56. That's the once again increase in tobacco taxes on the ballot next month. I went on to ask them why they feel ok attacking the country's smallest minority and those least able to defend themselves.
I suggested it's no different than walking up to those folks, hitting them over the head and taking money from their wallet, as are all tax increases people vote for that apply to someone other than themselves. The thing here being they feel it's ok because it's done from the safety of the ballot box.
Then I got to thinking about something our very own Johnny Maniac (of Lost Coast Outpost fame) told me once while discussing electoral stuff. He said, in so many words, if we didn't have rules and laws for everything people would go around killing each other every day, to which I disagreed, but this Prop 56 issue makes me wonder if there's something to that?
Most of you wouldn't beat someone over the head and take their money. The reason it's ok to do with Prop 56 is because it's deemed legal, plus your protected by the ballot box, thus no harm likely to come to you.
That goes to show people will aggress against other people if they feel they can get away with it. Not much different from us attacking other countries because we can do it with little to no harm to ourselves. Or levy a tax on something a minority likes. What are they going to do...try and defend themselves against a majority?
Maybe Johnny Maniac has a point, but I'm not so sure. Under the libertarian system the minority should be allowed to defend themselves to the extent that they can. And under a libertarian system, minorities would hopefully be protected from the majoriy.
If a smoker went into that Cancer Society crowd mentioned in Kym's article and started throwing punches, he or she would be arrested under current laws. That's despite that being pretty much what that crowd is proposing be done to the smoker. But, maybe those in that crowd would think twice about attacking that smoker in a libertarian future?
That's a pretty long, convoluted explanation. Perhaps I can summarize it this way: Prop 56 proves many people have no problem attacking others when they feel they can do so at no risk to themselves. Putting myself out on a limb, that would be contrary to libertarian beliefs and the way libertarians see people and society.