29 September 2010
Whether poker, pot or prostitution, consenting adults should be able to choose freely to enjoy the pleasures and pastimes they desire. But government criminalization prohibits our pursuit of happiness using dubious reasoning such as protecting us from ourselves.
Dipping back into the Reason.tv well with this gem from Ted Balaker who interviews Poker Pro and free market advocate David Sands.
Doc Sands makes a point that is valid, but represents an unhealthy compromise in libertarian ideals. In advocating government regulation and taxation of these occupations, we surrender the idea that there is a place for government intervention into our decision making process. Secondly, we allow our pursuits to feed the leviathan when our goal should be its starvation. While decriminalization is necessary, and compromises equally important to achieve the goal, allowing the state access to our lives perpetuates the thought that our rights are not inalienable and integral to our humanity, but a privilege bestowed by our betters.
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