[FoRK] Smoking mad...

Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> on Tue Feb 5 19:33:17 PST 2008

On Feb 5, 2008, at 8:54 PM, Luis Villa wrote:

> On Feb 5, 2008 9:47 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>> On Feb 5, 2008, at 8:26 PM, Luis Villa wrote:
>>>> I reject the idea that "common carriage" applies to the kind of
>>>> mutual and not-immediately-perilous consensual activities of a  
>>>> group
>>>> of adults we're talking about here.
>>> I didn't say they did. But they are impositions on private property
>>> owners in the name of a public good. That concept is not new; it is
>>> nearly as old as the notion of private property itself.
>> Surely you recognize the peril inherent whenever that concept is
>> applied.
>> It's perhaps the most dangerous rationalization ever devised by man.
> The argument has been made that the dangerous rationalization is
> private property, not the other way around.

I don't buy it.

> Personally, I find the dangerous thing to be thinking of the world as
> a black and white place, rather than one with shades of gray. :)

I'm hip to that.

I don't, for example, buy into the argument that individuals should  
be able to own nuclear weapons.  (To pick an example not at random...)


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