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Attack the System at the Enforcement Level

So says Kevin Carson:

I saw a couple of heartening news items this past week that illustrate the same principle.  First, a judge in Missoula County Montana complained that it would soon likely become almost impossible to enforce anti-marijuana laws because of the increasing difficulty of seating juries.  In a recent drug case, so many potential jurors in the voir dire process declared their unwillingness to enforce the pot laws that the prosecution chose to work out a plea deal instead.  The defendant’s attorney stated that public opinion “is not supportive of the state’s marijuana law and appeared to prevent any conviction from being obtained simply because an unbiased jury did not appear available under any circumstances …”  The same thing happened in about sixty percent of alcohol cases under Prohibition.

Public agitation against a law may be very fruitful indeed — but not so much by creating pressure to change the law as by creating a climate of public opinion such that it becomes a dead letter.

Meanwhile, Darian Worden takes down the public school system.

The control of government institutions should be shifted away from centralized power structures to people with immediate understanding and interest. Greater choice in education and more student participation in directing the learning process should be created. It is also important to foster culture that values individual character over certified economic adequacy. Public employee unions, which are political organizations with members afraid to publicly speak out against official policy, ought to be remade into, or replaced with, workers’ organizations in which a spirit of mutual aid and solidarity prevails over the goal of securing political privilege. Instead of looking to the boss for protection from the market, workers should shape the market to value humanity over hierarchy.


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  1. “Most teaching of kids in general, and the teaching of the violin specifically, is a form of abuse. But that’s another story for on this occasion I’m on the side of teachers. The Musicians’ Union, along with a cabal of other disreputable organisations like the NSPCC, have created this insanely creepy patronising video to advise music tutors to avoid all physical contact with their charges.

    Let’s not forget it was this same shower who successfully voted to have synthesisers and drum machines banned in the early 80s. As you can imagine, I had a few run-ins with them myself – the first upon being forced to pay a tribute to their muso crime family when Essential Logic did a John Peel (topical irony unintentional) session on BBC Radio. You had no choice. And because of the electronic music issue, it was also another reason a degree of subterfuge was necessary when Whitehouse did shows at traditional London venues the ever-officious MU kept tabs on. By playing Wasps, we were depriving ‘real’ fiddlers and trombonists and other card-carriers of their god-given livelihood. Apparently.

    That said, if you do peruse the MU’s most recent campaigns and issues, you realise that so much more of this is about finding increasingly elaborate ways to raise revenue to support, and thus validate, this thieves’ guild’s very existence.

    If there’s one good thing that kids are going to get out of music classes, it probably isn’t music; it’s physical and metaphysical connections with other kids, the instructors, or their audiences. More than being healthy, it’s what makes it fun. Of course, coming from a society already damaged enough by paranoid Edwardian hang-ups toward all forms of physical contact and display (even to oneself), this neurotic no-touch obsession is but a logical extension. “

  2. “Let’s not forget it was this same shower who successfully voted to have synthesisers and drum machines banned in the early 80s.”

    Yeah, I remember Frank Zappa writing about that in his autobiography:
    http://tinyurl.com/26qfjya

    “The Musicians’ Union, along with a cabal of other disreputable organisations like the NSPCC, have created this insanely creepy patronising video to advise music tutors to avoid all physical contact with their charges.”

    LOL, a while back I was in a seminar on the prevention of child sexual abuse and a big point was made never to leave kids alone with music instructors behind closed doors, lest they be molested. It’s interesting how in a couple of generations we’ve gone from largely ignoring child sexual abuse to proclaiming virtually every other adult to be an abuser. I guess it’s just another part of the PC backlash against Ozzie and Harrietism’s past reign of terror.

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