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Let's Go Dutch
by Rex Curry
As a criminal defense attorney in the U.S., I represent people charged with prostitution, pot, hashish, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. As I write this, I am in the Netherlands, where those activities are not prosecuted. The Netherlands Libertarian Party has invited me to speak at the Hague about U.S. drug laws. I advocate repealing prostitution and drug laws to make the U.S. freer than the Netherlands.
In Amsterdam, an American can march up to a “bartender” and announce: “I want to buy some hashish and then I’m going to smoke it.” An American can smoke it on outdoor terraces in front of the police. An American can hire a Dutch prostitute next door.
As a criminal defense attorney I cannot advise U.S. clients to commit crimes nor how to commit crimes. However, I can tell them what a lot of Americans do: vacation in Amsterdam.
It is inspiring to walk into a Dutch smoke shop and see U.S. citizens quietly engaging in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is embarrassing to see less personal freedom in my country, the “land of the free.”
U.S. laws are sometimes defended with the phrase “Love it or leave it!” Many Americans leave on frequent holidays in Holland. Many travel specifically to flout U.S. laws.
Of course, some of my clients can’t travel, and they are arrested for the same acts that their freer neighbors commit abroad.
Judging by the massive drug use statistics in the U.S., a Hollander might think that the U.S. has no drug laws. But the U.S. sets world records for imprisoning peaceful people who use recreational substances that are not alcohol, tobacco or coffee.
Government pushes tobacco with tax subsidies at the same time that it threatens tobacco smokers on private property. The government pushes specific sports recreation with taxes for socialized football stadiums, while it jails prostitutes and even nude dancers. Alcohol, tobacco, coffee and football are pushed against other recreational competition.
Our government fails to distinguish non-violent consensual acts from theft and violence. Our government commits theft and violence against peaceful people. Many jurors do not know that they have the absolute power to acquit if they believe the law is wrong.
As a criminal defense attorney, I am often asked how I sleep at night after representing people who are guilty. I sleep like a log after I protect peaceful people from guilty government. My counter-question is “how can anyone sleep after defending the statist quo?”
Let’s fight government’s antidisestablishmentarianism.
Let’s go Dutch.
May 19, 2003
Rex Curry is a sixth generation Floridian and a lifelong resident. His ancestors helped found Key West, and the Curry Mansion is still on the local tour. He is a long-time libertarian and joined other Florida libertarians who recently made history fielding a slate of 75 Libertarian Party candidates statewide.
Good wine is a necessity of life for me. ~ Thomas Jefferson
It is no wonder that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was infamous for alcoholism (usually via vodka). Drugs are a way to endure the misery and persecution of government and socialism. Vices are a way to escape.
In the same way that socialism inspires depression (emotional and economic), hopelessness, despair, it also inspires misanthropy. Socialism (hatred/destruction of individuality and individual liberty) is misanthropy, and it inspires more misanthropy in response. Socialism (hatred/destruction of individuality and individual liberty) teaches misanthropy, envy, covetousness, theft.
In his superb review of Duncan Wu's new biography of William Hazlitt, Michael Dirda writes that "the essayist's signature theme must be the gloomy one of a disappointed life" (January 11, 2009). Indeed, in contrast to H.L. Mencken - a writer like him in so many ways - Hazlitt seems never to have experienced joie de vivre.
Hazlitt's personal gloominess, however, ought not be mistaken for incorrigible pessimism. Perhaps more effectively than anyone of his era, he challenged Malthus’s dreary prediction of starvation caused by population growth: "A grain of corn will multiply and propagate itself much faster even than the human species. A bushel of wheat will sow a field; that field will furnish seed for 20 others." Hazlitt even predicted "green revolutions."*
Donald J. Boudreaux, Chairman, Department of Economics
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
* William Hazlitt, The Spirit of the Age (1824), p. 276.
Also see http://rexcurry.net/vicesdutch2.html
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For the Supreme Court docket information see http://www.supremecourtus.gov/docket/04-1668.htm
Think of American Indians as a state that seceded. Or, as a state that never ceded.
Thanks to American Indians (Seminoles), Tampa has a vegas style casino, because they can ignore so many state and federal laws. http://rexcurry.net/commentary/vices.html
Also see http://rexcurry.net/vicesdutch2.html
Thanks to American Indians (Hualapai), Arizona has a short 1-day cruise on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, because they can ignore so many state and federal laws.
The Grand Canyon is a big socialistic make-work program for the government. Avoid all government tours of the Canyon and the Colorado River and instead use the Hualapai Indians and the Hualapai River Runners tour.
for more loveable libertarian tour guides see http://rexcurry.net/trip.html
The statist quo is the status quo http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg Pledging Allegiance is the statist quo