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Topic: Spoonerville (Politics)

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Public: Robber Baron Theory of Government
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 01:42 PM
Lysander Spooner was a 19th century American writer, abolitionist, lawyer, author, etc. (click here www.lysanderspooner.org for more info on Lysander Spooner)

Below is one of my favorite passages from Lysander Spooner. It comes from his essay entitled "Natural Law" (http://www.mind-trek.com/treatise/ls-nl.htm).

If you get some bathroom reading time, I recommend it! ;) Spooner was fundamental in shaping my political belief system.

This essay really gives a good overview of just what government is, and where it originated. This is what I have affectionately termed the "robber-baron theory of Government"

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Public: Criminal Restraint and Recompense
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 05:28 PM
The consequence of jail or restraint should be done to the extent necessary to prevent even more harm of person or property. The consequence of fine should be given out to the extent of damage of person and property done by the criminal act (ie, cost of damage plus cost of enforcement & legal proceedings, incarceration costs, etc.., plus a little bit more). And of course I would fully expect the recompense to be given to the individual whose person or property was harmed instead of the state.

Of course, I don't view vices as crimes...so Alcohol and most drug usage would not be criminal in my court since noones person or property was harmed and thus there is no recompense or restraint needed.

Of course, property damage or personal harm that occurred while under
The influence of alcohol or drugs would still be a crime but simply possession would not be.

When usage manifest itself in harm to others person or property, then a crime has been committed, but not until then.

Vices are not crimes.

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Public: Thoughts on Gov't Torture
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 05:22 PM
Some overdue thoughts on Abu Ghraib and the Bush Adminsitrations troubling views on Torture:

It appears to me that the Bush administration is sanctioning certain forms of torture. Here are reasons why I think so:

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Public: Spooner vs. U.S. Postal System
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 04:21 PM
Lysander Spooner is one of my favorite political thinkers and writers and who I owe much of my libertarian political ideologies to. While surfing, I came upon this gem of an article about one of Spooner's accomplishments.

"...The Lysander Spooner, a fiercely independent New Englander who went to battle and brought about a change in the postal system. He could also be called the "Father of the three-cent stamp."

Born on a farm in Athol, MA, in 1808, young Spooner studied law, pamphleteered and crusaded for dozens of causes before hitting upon an adversary worthy of his mettle: The United States Post Office, and he almost put it out of business!..."

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