Where there's a census, let there be fire!
Why will I be burning it? Because the answers are none of the Chief Statistician's business. But you need my answers in order for the government to plan ahead, you say? But I don't wish you to plan ahead -- your past 'planning ahead' has been a signal failure, and I have no better expectations for your future planning. The only plans I wish you to make are to get the hell out of my way. But this is "an exercise in national cooperation," you say, in which we must all take part? Must? Must? Where is 'cooperation' when the word 'must' is wheeled out? When compulsion is the means by which 'cooperation' is obtained? If our respect for individual liberty is so thin, what about our respect for the meaning of words?
This is not an exercise in national cooperation; it is an exercise in compulsion -- a not-so-gentle reminder that the state can issue instructions, and we sheeple all have to comply -- and over matters which are either already known or able to be easily established in the free market by voluntary means.
The issue is not that there is anything about my affairs that I wish to hide. The issue is that they are my affairs. If you want to know about them, then ask nicely. And if you do I'll tell you just as nicely to go away. Census rebel Bill Weddell deserves the final word. He had this to say on the matter back in 1978 in his statement to the court:
In failing to comply with a government order to disclose private information concerning my private life and private property, my intention is not to flout the Law as such, but to lodge formal protest against the Statistics Act, and to register my rejection, on moral grounds, of the widespread practice of State expropriation of private property and related information under threat of forcible punishment.
I hold, as a moral absolute, the conviction that in a civilised society all relationships between men must be voluntary; that compulsion abolishes morality altogether, and must be outlawed; that no man shall gain a value from another by the use or the threat of force; and that it is the only proper function of the Law to protect men against those who do.
I have declined to plead or to offer any legal defense since the very existence of the Statistics Act abolishes objective justice, the only legal principle that could defend me. The Law as it stands arbitrarily declares the contradiction that guilt defined by Law can co-exist with and overrule provable innocence in objective reality.
I do not regard my actions as a crime, but as an act of self-defence. Every man possesses the absolute right to own private property and, in acting solely in defense of that right, no offence against, or violation of the rights of others is possible. Yet my actions have been twisted in legal terminology into an ‘offence’, and my alleged victim is held to be the very Act of Parliament by which the theft of my property has been legalised.
The Law is of necessity an instrument of physical force; therefore theft perpetrated by an armed government against legally disarmed citizens is an act of civil war. In addition, the Law functions by a process of deriving logical consequences from established precedents. The Statistics Act is an empowering Act enabling the State to take stock of its citizens’ wealth and furnishes clear evidence of its intention to escalate from partial confiscation by taxation to outright plunder by total control. In this case I regard blind obedience to a blatantly coercive law to be no excuse for inaction. The sanction of the victim, implied in this case by my silence or inaction, would be the worst of evils.
This census, I would urge you to be a principled opponent of the census instead of a smart-arsed clever dick. Don't fill out the form as a Jedi. Don't tell them you're an acrobat. Burn your form as an act of defiance, and tell them to go to hell. And if you do end up being compelled against your will then either make your simple, principled statement in court, or, if you can't face the fine, concede only to supplying the minimum necessary information required: Name, address, age, citizenship. And on the final question, if you do decide to fill it in, tell them you're a New Zealander.
LINK: Politically Incorrect Show 15 Feb 2001 - Lindsay Perigo
TAG: New Zealand, Libertarianism, Libz