Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Just when you think you have things figured out...

The paper I write a column for, the Clovis News Journal, has been sold by Freedom Communications, and bought by a new company. I'm not sure what that will mean for my continued writing for them, since Freedom Communications is "editorially libertarian", but the new owners say they will have the paper "remain conservative".


Government's "one job"

If you've read my blog for very long, you probably already know how intensely I dislike "pro-lifeism", even though I don't personally like abortion.

I think part of the reason is a difference in how I view government. Government apologists often claim the main justification for government is for it to protect the innocent. (Even though it is so obviously incapable of doing even this one job.) I don't buy it.

I have no use for government. I don't even think government should prohibit murder or punish murderers. I don't want government to say it is protecting my rights. I have a right to own and to carry any type of weapon I see fit. I don't want The State to "protect" that right (even if it could or were inclined to do so); I want it to leave me alone. In fact, I want it to leave alone anyone who would try to violate that right (as if there were any real danger other than from government employees or pathetic monsters who got their original idea from government's prohibitions).

Government doesn't help any situation. The best it can do is stay out of the way and let things resolve themselves. Yet that is something too few demand.

So, even if abortion were murder, I wouldn't want the government declaring its jurisdiction over the matter.