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I am the .5 in a family of 2.5 kids, here's my story...
I was born in Upper Hutt, a suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. At that time, only 3 billion others roamed the earth. Baby boomers were appearing in maternity wards all over the western world and of course, I was one of ’em. The grandparents and many parents of the “boomer generation” experienced the tragedy of the Great Depression and two World Wars. Once the world economy recovered, the “glory days” and endless summers of the nineteen sixties came about..
During that time, Upper Hutt was an expanding city of new homes built on the back of cheap loans and low inflation. The Government also built a lot of subsidised housing in suburbs like Upper Hutt amongst privately owned homes. This was a world-leading experiment in socialism that was ultimately doomed but provided a fantastic opportunity for low income earners at the time.
Dad was an accountant who regularly brought home Holden company cars. This was always a big deal as we all got to take a ride around the block to see how awesome it was. I'm sure this is where my passion for Holden cars came from.
I've got a few opinions to share here, you don't have to read them or even agree with them but who knows, they might provide food for thought...
I've got this crazy idea that Common Sense rules. Call me a pragmatist, but common sense is not so common, why not?
Surprisingly we are not really taught common sense at school, it's sort of an unwritten set of "laws". I'm going to stick my neck and share a few ideas here. If it is right, chances are, some will agree. If all a loads of cods then, at least I've have been heard.
The ice age is coming
The sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running
The wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error
But I have no fear
Cause London is drowning and I...
Live by the river
"London Calling - The Clash" 1979
Was The Clash singing about Global Warming? No! They may have been singing about global cooling.
Why didn't our teachers tell us this?
Let's talk about common sense in politics, that should get this party started!
The ever-expanding grey area of indecision and political correctness is taking over. It's on TV, it's in Government policies taken from the right wing and used by the left wing, it's embedded in social justice policies that ban the majority from their opinions. We are told there are no clear cut solutions, it is "too complicated", there is no "right" answer and the classic: they have "always done it that way"...bollocks to all that. Politicians exist in the gray area...they are the gray area.
I believe in freedom but not at the expense of requiring the system we currently call democracy. Freedom from religious intervention and government intrusion are important rights in any independent state. The right to privacy and freedom of movement are surprisingly rare in modern democracies. Having these views may label me as a libertarian but I believe in the all powerful Law of Common Sense. I also believe that the world would be a better place if common sense laws were enforced.
What if there was a Common Sense Political Party. May be they could have some common sense policies:
- Are seatbelt laws necessary?
- Speed cameras are illegal
- Speed limits are stupid
- Are dog laws necessary?
- Rights belong to individuals, not groups
- Property should be owned by people, not government
- All voluntary associations should be permissible -- economic and social
- The government's monetary role is to maintain the integrity of the monetary unit, not participate in fraud
- Government exists to protect liberty, not to redistribute wealth or to grant special privileges
- The lives and actions of people are their own responsibility, not the government's
This was posted on SlashDot.org.
Thoughts on capitalism, wealth, and power
Society is, by definition, made up of more than one person os societies are by definition, compromises between the desires of their members. Various societies try to balance these desires by employing various economic systems. In a [completely fictional] utopia all people would be able to have anything that they want and never have to deal with fulfilling desires of others that conflict with their own. As the world is finite conflicts do arise and economic systems are employed to work these conflicts out.
The general hope, I believe, is that the chosen economic system will provide a basis for supporting the other ideals of a society; be they listed in the Bill of Rights or other values such as a right to education, a right to health care, or a right to choose to garden in the nude. What ever they are, these ideals of a society provide the framework for how to operate within it.
I have no problem with laizes-faire capitalism, regulated capitalism, socialism, communism, or any other economic system as long as the chosen one[s] allows the ideals of my society to flourish internally.
Laws that protect big corporations, the non-working "poor" and lifestyle criminals are turning those few productive citizens left among us into tax-slaves. Don't even start on the tax-rate itself, tax is theft. I will not give more than half my income to a government I didn't vote for, so they can give it to people that do not deserve my support. That is wrong. Just plain and simple common sense.
What is going on with the road rules? We are told speed limits are imposed for safety but the accident rate is about half what it was when the limit was set. This is not common sense. Cars are much safer, although the roads have stayed the same.
Solution: Fix the roads, increase the speed limit. The government has your money, let's spend it. A license to driver will only be issued to those who can pass two psychometric tests. Firstly, all drivers must pass a logic test. This test shows how's the driver rates on a scale of common sense. Secondly, the driver must pass a coordination test. Some people are not fit to drive, let's just admit that and raise the bar. But do not exclude the young because of their age, but perhaps on the basis of their maturity.
"The only freedom which counts is the freedom to do what some other people think to be wrong. There is no point in demanding freedom to do that which all will applaud. All the so-called liberties or rights are things which have to be asserted against others who claim that if such things are to be allowed their own rights are infringed or their own liberties threatened.
This is always true, even when we speak of the freedom to worship, of the right of free speech or association, or of public assembly. If we are to allow freedoms at all there will constantly be complaints that either the liberty itself or the way in which it is exercised is being abused, and, if it is a genuine freedom, these complaints will often be justified. There is no way of having a free society in which there is not abuse. Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty."
Lord Chief Justice Halisham
...more to come...