Horizontal Lives

True Tales of the Infamous Courtesan: Persephone N. Hades and her Horizontal Life underground. How she got there, her mis-adventures and her struggle to re-surface.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Just the Facts, Ma'am.

Skarlet: (First, thank you for turning your friends on to this Blog... I am grateful.)

Although they didn’t read me my Rights or give me that One Phone Call, they still were allowed to make The Arrest. Those technicalities only matter if one takes the case to court. So you are right—the OC won. I am in the middle of writing the ‘Aftermath of the Arrest’, which was more frightening and more enlightening than The Arrest itself. But for now, just a few facts based on the book you recommended earlier:

(P.S. I am aware nothing I say in this Blog will change the status of our Legal System. And I am aware that my tiny hollow ‘voice in the well’ will not shift the paradigm of thought that exists between Men and Women regarding sexuality. But I am bound by my passion and the life I live to say it anyway as a Preface to the Aftermath of the Arrest.)

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."
Adlai E. Stevenson

A consensual crime is any activity—currently illegal—that does not harm the person or property of another.

As an adult, you should be allowed to do with your person or property whatever you choose, as long as it does not harm the person or property of another.

Here are a few facts:

More than 350,000 people are in jail right now for consensual crimes.

An additional 1,500,000 are on parole or probation.

More than 4,000,000 people will be arrested this year for committing consensual crimes.

We will spend more than $50,000,000,000 (yes, that’s billion) this year for punishing people for "crimes" that do not physically harm the person or property of another.

We will lose an additional $150,000,000,000 this year in tax revenue.

The only thing that saves us from all having gone to jail for a consensual crime at one time or another is the inefficiency of the system.

If we could live and let live, we’d:

Reduce personal income tax by one third

Create 6,000,000 tax-paying jobs

Stimulate the economy

Reduce crime by freeing the police to catch real criminals—murderers, rapists, robbers, etc.

Unburden the court system

Double available jail space

Free the Federal Authorities to track down polluters, terrorists, consumer frauds, and savings-and-loan embezzlers.

Create an environment in which people can live their own lives in their own way, free to experiment, free to fail, but also free to succeed.

"People often use the word legal too loosely. They fail to give sufficient thought as to what legal and illegal really mean. When we say about a given activity that it should be illegal, what we are saying is that, if someone takes part in that activity, we should put that person in jail.

When it comes to consensual crimes, when people say, "It should be illegal," what they usually mean is, "That’s not right," That’s not a good idea," or "That’s immoral."

When using the word illegal, it’s important to remember how forceful the law truly is. We are all entitled, of course, to our opinions about certain activities, but do we really want to lock people up who don’t go along with our opinions?*

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."**

* "Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do—The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society." By Peter McWilliams

** Said by Jesus of Nazareth—the One most people use as the authority to "lock the bastards up."

We have issues in the world that seem much bigger than this, but I must to believe that a Govenment that does not 'Parent' it's Citizens, would create better relations between not only the Sexes, but the relationship of the Citizens to the Government.

Just as the care and nurturingo f children are the root of a healthy society, so is the respect we have for one another's choices as long as they are of no harm to us. And especially if they teach us about tolerance and love.

And so I mention it.


At 3:01 PM, Blogger Skarlett said...

I couldn't help but pass your blog on for others to enjoy :)

At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!


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