Of course it’s hard.
It’s supposed to be hard!
by J. Neil Schulman
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
Earlier today (August 15, 2018) I sent out two tweets intended to cause trouble for my political enemies—totalitarians who want to leave no aspect of human life—even the most trivial—free from their commands.
J. Neil Schulman
Why do progressives want to ban non-biodegradable plastic straws, grocery bags, and rubber balloons, @TuckerCarlson, but would go crazy if San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland legislated that condoms are a hazard to wildlife and condom possession brought fines and jail time?
6:37 PM – 15 Aug 2018
J. Neil Schulman
Planned Parenthood is destroying the environment and murdering ocean wildlife by passing out nonbiodegradable condoms! @greggutfeld @TuckerCarlson @JesseBWatters @andylevy @nickgillespie @billmaher @iamjohnoliver @colbertlateshow
6:44 PM – 15 Aug 2018
I’m not a conservative. I don’t oppose Planned Parenthood passing out condoms or even arranging for abortions.
As a libertarian I’m Pro-Choice. The determination of when human life begins—or doesn’t—can’t be taken by the State without violating fundamental human rights.
As a student of religion I note that the religious anti-abortion movement is historically revisionist, based on a modern premise identical to the atheist’s: that only biological gestation—not the inspiration of the immortal soul with a baby’s first breath, as the ancient Hebrews believed—determines when human life begins.
But we live in an age when consistency of one ’s political premises is replaced with any momentary expedience. If it diminishes the capitalist bourgeoisie to deprive them of plastic grocery bags, drink straws, or birthday balloons, leftist-dominated cities like Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco are more than willing to ban plastic items with fines and jail time attached for violation, on the grounds that such small items when multiplied by millions of others harm ocean wildlife.
Fine. You want to play it that way, right back at you.
Ban the non-biodegradable plastic condoms that protect against HIV and keep gays alive. Biodegradable sheepskin condoms don’t.
You want to make plastic politically toxic? Pay the political price of killing the gay community and bringing back the AIDS epidemic from the last century.
Make the gays your enemy.
I dare you. I double dare you.
Or leave the personal use of plastic items out of your totalitarian grasp and shut up about that, you lousy crats.
J. Neil Schulman is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, radio
personality, filmmaker, composer, and actor. His dozen books include
the novels Alongside Night and The Rainbow Cadenza,
both of which won the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus
Award for best libertarian novel, and the anthology Nasty, Brutish,
And Short Stories.
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