Monday, May 04, 2020

Licenses don't impress me

Licenses are BS. Yes, all of them.

I don't care whether you have a license; I care that you can do whatever you claim you can do.

I have nothing against training, certifications, endorsements, etc. I might even be impressed if you can show me credible proof of such training.

But licensing is none of that.

Licensing doesn't mean you are capable; it means you have gained the approval-- the permission-- of some political gang. It means you have paid the gang for that approval and permission, and in exchange, the gang won't (might not) murder you for doing what the license allows you to do-- something you probably already have a natural human right to do.

For some pitiful people, a license means they believe the gang is a legitimate source of competence. Either by feeling proud of their license, or concerning themselves over the licensing of others. That's not how I see it at all. A license will never impress me-- competence will.

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  1. I had a wallet full of Kommiecticut state licenses, now down to just five:

    CDL drivers license
    State pistol permit
    EMT license
    Fishing license (fresh & salt water)
    Motor boat operator license

  2. Excellent point, I completely agree. And the same holds for those civil counterparts for state licenses; academic degrees. Proof that you have paid some granting 'authority' for your 'sheepskin' tells me absolutely nothing of value in 21st century america about your competence or expertise.

  3. Too take irony to a magnificently high level, the "State of New Hampshire" has "live free or die" on their car licenses plates.

    It reminds me of the day at a town deliberative session where people were arguing about how much "town money" to budget to celebrate "the 4th of July", until some astute participant pointed out they were arguing about how much tax money to spend to celebrate a day that was supposed to be about independence from taxation.