Monday, January 01, 2018

2018: Welcome To The Narco-Republic of California

My main thought is that I probably want to limit my driving and stay away from roads as the legalized marijuana multiplies addicts.  We shall see.  With the current marijuana strains being much more potent due to careful breeding, the end result will be somewhat different than the '60's era arguments anticipate.

The libertarians like to argue that the government should not legislate on such things.  In this case, however, the marijuana is coming in as an act of legislation with the intent of setting up a regulatory and taxation structure around it.  My suspicion is that drug head culture will simply ignore the regulatory infrastructure.  A problem being that drug heads need to earn money to support their addiction, and drug dealing is both a way to do this and to expand the narcotics market. 

But back to the libertarians:  They seem to think that the government shouldn't be in the business of regulating good and evil, vice and virtue.  This ignore the fact that evil is hostile to good and vice is all about overthrowing virtue, while the entire point of human society is to build something greater through the relationships of the individuals.  At some point you can't be neutral about such things, while the leftist gestapo is increasingly interfering in the lives of the citizenry to enforce its pseudo-morality ...  the idea the evil has more public utility than good, and vice is to be encouraged over virtue since the state can earn a greater profit and dependency from vice and evil.

Then there are the war analogies.  "The war on drugs can't be won, therefore it shouldn't be fought."  So what about the war on unsanitary conditions?  We could save a lot by doing away with garbage pickup and eliminate the landfills, just as the homeless have proven.  Some wars have to be fought, even though they can never be one.  But the real war analogy here is the Opium Wars, where the Europeans raped China to earn profits off of their opium business.  As the Bible says, "there is nothing new under the sun", so we see that the California government thinks it can obtain a profit from all this.  The army of government employees is already in place to handle things and make sure people pay up. 

It will all be great fun!  Happy New Year!


Rummuser said...

Happy new year to you and your family Looney.

I refrain from commenting on your post as we have enough on our plates here to feel disgusted about. I guess that it is a universal phenomenon.

Looney said...

Happy New Year! Yes, it will be much more disturbing if things don't all seem to be going wrong, as I can't remember when things were otherwise!

Inklings said...

Happy New Year to both of you and your families!

Max Coutinho said...

Happy 2018, Looney!

And so another cycle of blogging continues. Humans have a hard time quitting their vices, and as long as there are people willing to do drugs, there will always be drug dealing (so why not tax that?). Better to tax drug consumption than over taxing sober people like they do in Europe (you should see the abuses in the utility bills). And more I will comment not...I am trying to go principled realistic now :)...respecting other countries' internal affairs.


Cheers, my friend

Looney said...

@Max, happy new year to you as well! Looking forward to all your posts, even if I don't comment on many of them.

Of course California already has some of the highest taxes in the US with poorer than average results. Wondering how well things will proceed when half of the emergency crews are high!

The tax argument is constantly floated along with medicinal claims, but I believe these are just diversions floated by those who are addicted or looking for a personal profit or ones with a religious angle like Rastafarians and university professors. Addicts and marketers and professors will say anything to get what they want. Others will pay the price. At least in this world.

Looney said...

@Inklings, a belated happy new year to you and your family. Hoping everything is going well in Utopia!

Max Coutinho said...


Thank you for reading our posts, and don't worry about commenting.
It seems like the more revenues States get the more they spend. It's crazy. I hear you on the tax argument.

Thanks for your wishes and here's to us.