Monday, March 02, 2015
The NAP is Crap
Some Free Staters are miffed about SB 105, a bill that would add electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes) to the other tobacco products that are included in the indoor smoking act. The indoor smoking act prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces or public places.
When one is miffed about proposed legislation, one often begins by setting up an events page on Facebook. Here's the one set up by the Free Staters miffed about SB 105:
This is activism - organizing people in opposition to fight legislation that they object to. I wouldn't dream of criticizing these folks for taking action.
Nope, what I find objectionable is a conversation on the event page. It begins with the use of the phrase "open season." Open season refers to the time when it is legal to hunt and kill a particular species.
The activists I interact with don't make casual comments about shooting people they disagree with.
Free Staters insist loudly and often that they adhere to something called the non-aggression principle. (NAP) There's plenty of documentation that what they claim does not correspond to their actions. This is yet another instance.
The open season post was made on February 2. Charlie McFreman is a Free Stater, and therefore one assumes he's an adherent of the NAP. It seems he doesn't think that suggesting "open season" on some of his fellow humans is inappropriate or needlessly provocative. He and his fellow Free Staters have had nearly a month to tell John Badeau that suggesting "busy bodies" might get shot is not only inappropriate, but it's aggressive - in direct opposition to the non-aggression principle.
No one has said a word.