Friday, 24 April 2009

DOWN TO THE DOCTOR’S: Goughing up smack, and other nasty business

Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath takes an irreverent look at this week’s news .

  • Phil Goff Denies U-Turn on Anti-Smacking LawThe “Goff-father” now says the law that he voted to pass through parliament –- the law that impedes and undermines the parental ability to discipline their children -- should not be changed in any way, but that parents that act in contravention of that law should not be prosecuted. In other words, the anti-smacking law should stand, but people should not be prosecuted for breaking it. Sounds like he’s trying to have it both ways. Sorry, Phil, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. The rule of law is crucial to a civil society, but not laws like this piece of rubbish. As the Libertarianz Party campaign posters said last year: Legalise Smack.
  • IRD Considers Forced Sackings – What a shame only 4 per cent of the Department of Legalised Theft employees are being cut loose. Interesting that the PSA bemoans the “cuts in service levels” that will result. Service! What service? Since when have these Daywalkers ever given “service”? Service describes something that people actually want and for which they will willingly trade a value. But no-one wants these parasites on their back. How much longer will we tolerate the IRD’s swarms of officers that harass our people and eat out their substance? Only the Libertarianz Party has policies that will slash taxes in any meaningful way, acknowledging that taxation is a violation of the same property rights our government is supposed to protect.
  • Solid Energy Had No Right To Evict Us [Say] Protestors - The Save Happy Valley Coalition of Communists have had their campsite removed from the Stockton opencast mine. The SHVC protestors claim that because the land is state-owned, they have a right to be there. Of course, these people want all land to be state-owned as a first step in the abolition of private property. They don’t seem to realise that communism as a political movement died in the early 90s. No-one would object to anyone’s right to protest peacefully, but the prolonged occupation of a commercial site which interferes with the lawful activity of a business oversteps the limits of tolerance and acceptability. Put bluntly, the answer to smelly Marxist hippies invading mine sites is to privatise the mining companies and the land on which they mine, so that communists and other trespassers can be shut out without all the hand-wringing and uncertainty that arises when there are disputes over “public land”. End of story.
  • Motelier hurls further insults – Motel owner Steve Donnelly bans the entire population of Wainuiomata from his motel, and tells some Maori guests that the motel is not a marae or a Housing New Zealand home. So what? I can’t see the problem.  It’s his motel, right?  Twenty years ago this would not even have made the news. Motel owners have exercised their right to ban individuals and groups of people for as long as there have been motels. Why, all of a sudden, have banned people and groups been accorded victim status? I can guess what will follow next -- a knock on the motelier’s door, and a visit from some make-work bureau-rats from Wellington who will try to tell the motel owner how to run his business. I hope he bans them as well.

See y’all next week!
Doc McGrath


  1. Just because something should be legal doesn't make it moral. Why does Dr McGrath condone racism, bigotry and discrimination on that account?

  2. Who says he does?

    To recognise the rights of ownership is not to condone everything everyone does with what they own.

    But you know this already: or has marriage (or your new party affiliation) dulled your brain? ;^)


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