onsdag 13 mars 2013
A group of Swedish lobby organizations want to see a total ban on smoking by 2025. This is such a severe intrusion on the personal integrity that I can't find any words for it. Taking our freedom away is like boiling a frog. If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death. Every single "well-meaning" ban (because it is of course for "your own best") is yet another degree in the sauce pan. You may not notice it, and you may even applaud it ("Great! they banned smoking. I'm no smoker. It stinks and smokers are stupid because they are doing such a dangerous thing"). But one day they will ban your favourite vice. And then it's already too late, because you will find your freedom dying in a boiling pan of applaudable bans. Nanny State (tm) - "Not only in the US"
torsdag 7 mars 2013
You think that Icelands ban on Internet porn is ridicolus and patronizing? Yeah, it is. It's an example on politicians believing that their personal taste is an universal truth which all other citizens should obey to. It's an example on policymakers forgetting the long hard road that our ancestors had to walk and all the struggles they had to fight to give us the relative freedom we enjoy today. It's an example on people confusing moral panic with gender equality. Most of all, it's a hard blow to the freedom of speech, sexual freedom and artistic freedom that we associate with our democracy and the modern open society. It's a move towards authoritarian censorship and moralist rule. But sadly enough... it's not an exception to the general trend. All over the western world, policy makers are working eagerly to dissassemble our freedoms. The last example of this nasty trend is a proposal which bears the deceptive title Eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU. "Eliminating gender stereotypes"? Sound nice and well meaning doesn't it? No, it doesn't! The proposal actually has nothing to do with gender equality. It's a badly disguised attempt to censor media, art and the whole Internet under the cloak of "eliminating sterotypes". It's broad and vague enough to even include photos you take of yourself and send to friends, as well as simple text messaging. In the "report" we find a call to enforce a carpet ban on pornography, across "the media". In other words; a general ban on pornography. Call me a killjoy, but I think that because this is not to my taste, no one else should be able to enjoy it! (Marge Simpson) Read more about this terrible proposal (and how to take action against it) on Rick Falkvinges webpage or here and here. Shout out loud - make your voices heard. Tell the parliamentarians to kill this vicious assault on our freedom. The open society we live in is something historically unique and precious enough to be worth defending with our lives. Don't let our ancestors struggles go down in vain!
onsdag 6 mars 2013
Last week I watched this video and I haven't been able to melt it yet. It's just too screwed up. This is not some anti-Chinese propaganda. This is about the whole mankind. The way we treat animals is an abomination not worthy the highly developed and civilized species we claim to be. In a free market society it is up to the consumers to pull things in the right direction. Only we consumers can turn wrong into right. Therefore I call on all of you out there to stop this sick madness. Vote with your wallet. Boycott fur and force the industry to find other alternatives. But I warn you, this video contain som really graphic images: