Is This It?
It is occurring to me that roughly once a month I will add some content to this site, write a little introduction, and that's all there is. You know why? Because I feel dirty.
I would love to start a revolution. I don't mean a bloody revolution--people picking up guns and knives and killing each other. I don't much think that leads anywhere except for one set of bad leaders being replaced by another. I would love to start a revolution of thought.
I would like to make people think differently. Because the way they think is wrong. As Thomas Szasz said, most people don't know what the U.S. Constitution says and if they did, they would repudiate it. Even the Supreme Court seems to be in this camp. They seem to think the Constitution is complex with lots of room for "interpretation". It isn't; it's really simple.
Let me give you an example:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...
That's simple. "No law". Show me where in the Constitution it says that it is alright to abridge the freedom of speech as long is those in power don't like the speech. The first really onerous attack on free speech was by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (who many people--much to my amazement--do not put in the same category as Hitler, Stalin, etc.), who wrote: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic."
[By the way: The case this refers to--Schenck v. U.S. (1919)--involved a man handing out anti-war pamphlets during WWI. This sounds more like a man standing in a burning building, yelling "fire" in order to save the theater goers' lives. If ever speech was meant to be covered by the Constitution it was this.]
Which leads me back to the whole issue of my feeling dirty. The intent of this web site was never political. It was to help people who use heroin. But the further I get away from heroin, the harder it is to stay on track. The Liberty issue comes up too much, just because it is getting pretty obvious that this kind of site is going to be illegal in a few years.
So I find myself speaking out more and more about issues that relate to freedom. But who am I? I'm just some junkie who wants all drugs legalized so I can turn all the world (and especially the children of rich people) into junkies. I feel like Larry Flynt, except that I don't get paid as much.
I'd love to get Liberty magazine to advertise here, because I'm sure a lot of our readers would be interested in that magazine. But I'm sure the editors would wonder about it. I can see the adds now, "4 out of 5 working junkies prefer Liberty to Reason!" (By the way, Reason is better--Peter Bagge is working for them fer Christ's sake.)