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Friday, August 16, 2013

Outlaws



Spain just put a huge tax on home produced solar electricity. It's so bad that people are removing their panels. Just what the planet needs, less sustainable power. Spain requires that solar panels are hooked to the grid. There are huge fines for stand alone systems. My home solar electric system would be seriously illegal. I'm even using batteries for home storage. Horrors!

My veggie van would be illegal in England. I'm not paying any road tax on free fuel. To be fair, it's also technically illegal in some parts of the United States. Most places just don't bother with it. There's not enough of us to make it worth pursuing.

It seems I'm always breaking some law. I've helped people do wiring and plumbing, even though I'm unlicensed. That's technically not quite illegal in New Hampshire, as I'm just “helping.” Not being part of the money economy makes a difference too.

Heck, just today I bought an organically raised chicken from across state lines. I broke a bunch of laws there.

Maybe I once transported 200 gallons of fuel oil from one home tank to another, across state lines. . . or maybe I didn't. They'll never prove it one way or the other.

People of the world are slowly realizing that the laws are not to protect the little guy, but to protect the big guys.

On the bright side, there's more and more incentive to circumvent stupid, bad, onerous, uneconomical laws. Law enforcement only works when most people don't break the law. As things stand, most of us break laws every single day without even realizing it. The reason we don't realize it is that those silly little laws cannot be reasonably enforced. Every day cops must decide what to enforce and what to let slide. They don't like dumb laws any more than the rest of us.

I'm not always legal, but I always try and be ethical.

-Sixbears


21 comments:

  1. I've heard it said that the goal is to make EVERYTHING illegal, so those in power can pick and chose who they prosecute.

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    1. Then they are pretty much there, don't you think?

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    2. Ignorance of the law is no defense, but selective enforcement IS. But, you need to be able to afford a good lawyer to really take advantage of it.

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    3. Ignorance of the law is no defense, but selective enforcement IS. But, you need to be able to afford a good lawyer to really take advantage of it.

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  2. Well if you broke a law welcome to the club i got 10 pork shoulder smoking to sell tommarow and my still is set up for a run in the morning.like the saying goes "its the money"If they cant get their share its against the law.

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    1. It is the money. Enjoy that tax free adult beverage.

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  3. It's part of the problem that people are now taking the panels down, I think. If enough people flouted the stupid law, having to prosecute lots of people over this would become a big headache for the so called justice system. If we meekly obey, they're laughing around the king's table. Incidently, I'm not a 100% sure, but I don't think your veggie van would be illegal, as such. What would be illegal is if you tried to get away without paying taxes. There are people who make their own bio oil, but they have to pay a hefty tax on the product before they use it. So, you do all the work and the bustards still reap the profits!

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    1. No tax or licenses for me thank you. If they crack down real hard, I'll just do something else.

      Everyone should have banned together to flaunt the law, then the government would have to back down.

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  4. It's unbelievable isn't it, how amazingly stupid bureaucrats can be... in the situation in Spain they want to clip the ticket... it's greed again... no wonder their country is in such a financial mess...

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    1. Every time I think bureaucrats can't do anything more stupid, they top themselves.

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    2. The world would be a far better place if they all did 'top' themselves.
      Perhaps there should be a 'Many Ways How To Top Yourself' video for bureaucrats on youtube...
      It wouldn't have to have words so the bureaucrats who can't read wouldn't be disadvantaged...

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  5. The government is trying to micromanage, try and think of something they don't regulate. The more laws they make, the more law breakers. What this does is to erode respect in government, why should you respect government when it doesn't respect you, plus you are a law breaker, it can't be helped now that there are so many laws. 50 years ago people didn't want to break a law, now it doesn't matter as much. A break down of society and country.

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    1. When there are too many stupid laws, people lose respect for all laws.

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  6. hi. lawfulness and ethical are two different things, more so every day.
    i once read an account of a visit to italy wherein the writer expressed his shock at the nonchalant italian attitude to law. if it were a silly or restrictive law people just ignored it, apparently including policemen.
    a very sensible attitude.

    only God can help us at the stage we've reached here but it is nobody's business if i prefer raw milk from a neighbor or an organic chicken from another.
    with criminals running loose on the streets i think lawmakers might be able to find something productive to do other than minding our business.
    everything is being restricted so that 'they' can have complete control.
    it's not going to be pretty.

    deb harvey




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    1. If they'd do something about the too big to fails, then I'd maybe begin to have a little respect for the law.

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  7. Thats what happens when you elect criminals to run things. Al Capone wasn't as greedy as the bastards who are running things nowdays. Just another sign of a society in retrograde. Government unchecked is a critter that eats it's young. Total Collapse is just around the corner.

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    1. Yes, total collapse might be right around the corner, but it's a very big corner. We seem to have been going around it for some time now.

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  8. It is illegal here not to be connected to the grid, thanks to those with a vested interest. It is also technically illegal to run veggie fuel due to the road tax. One has to get out into the boondocks to live Free, but the problem is that there is no work out there. The price of land has become prohibitive. I saw someone who wanted $3,500 an acre for a former caliche pit, and apparently they got it or something near because it is no longer on the market. Oh, and that with no mineral rights...

    The taxes are cheap and the building codes non-existent out there, but the cost of land is prohibitive for someone trapped in wage slave hell. Especially when there are children involved, and that whole can of toxic regulatory worms that goes along. Pretty sad, kids are now essentially prison bars due to the "laws" which have been lobbied for and written by "feminists", who have unwittingly thrown away the very foundation of civilized society. The family...

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    1. Stupid laws. Illegal to not be connected? Land is the issue. I'm in the country where the laws aren't so bad, but there are few good jobs. There's always a catch. By the way, I've run veggie in TX. :)

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  9. No matter which direction we go, somebodies toes will be stepped on. All we can do is keep plugging along, I guess.

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