The Albuquerque news is just a carnival of statism. “Problems” that wouldn’t be problems in a free society. Most of these stories are the same old thing, over and over again. It’s ridiculous that the statists refuse to open their eyes and see that their standard operating procedures are nothing but wheel-spinning absurdity.
What am I talking about? Well:
Albuquerque police arrested a woman for selling drugs to teens, and in an unrelated incident an Albuquerque man was arrested in El Paso for having marijuana in his gas tank.
Neither of these things would have been “news”, or even likely happened, without the incredibly stupid and evil “War on (some) Drugs”, and its complicit soulless and mindless enforcers. Don’t like drugs? Then don’t use them (including ibuprofen, nicotine, statins, alcohol, etc.)! Don’t like other people using drugs? Then educate, ridicule, shun, preach… but don’t criminalize. Criminalization has utterly failed to reduce drug abuse and is only useful for growing The State’s enforcement power and the inevitable abuse of that power. Supporting prohibition is stupid– even more stupid than abusing drugs.
And there’s more.
An Albuquerque woman was charged $177 for visiting the an online porn site, and then she found out the site apparently had her “Social Security” number and other “identity information” on file when she called to dispute the charges. The site did refund her money, so kudos for them.
Since the identity thief didn’t charge “enough” on the porn site, “The Law” says it is unlikely to do anything about it. Funny how “identity theft” was not a problem until The State forced its numbers and other tracking information on us in order to “protect our identity”. The State is nothing but a cancer pretending to be its own cure. It sees an imaginary “problem”, forces its own “solutions” on everyone, and then points to the resultant real disasters as evidence it needs to do more.
Still want more?
Albuquerque restaurants passed their health inspections, and this made the news. Nowhere is it recognized that “health inspections” are not any government’s job. Instead the restaurant owners simply accept this violation of their rights as “business as usual”; not that they have any choice. I would much rather let voluntary, competing inspection companies spring up to take care of the market for restaurant inspections. Government “standards” are always an oxymoronic joke anyway.
Statism is all around us, is always a bad thing, and is largely invisible to most people until it harms them directly. Yet, harm them it will at some point. Will that event wake them up to reality, or will they continue to think it’s OK as long as it only hurts “those people”? There is no justification for The State.