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Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a…

by Peter McWilliams

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A very well presented set of arguments as to why consensual ("victimless") crimes should at the very least be decriminalized, if not legalized. Particuarly the arguments presented with regard to drugs seem difficult to refute. Very well written... ( )
  michaelskelley | Dec 7, 2008 |
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do covers the facts on the politically-charged concept of victimless crimes.

Drugs, pornography, prostitution, and gambling. We make these things illegal in this country, because we assume it's the government's role to protect people from hurting themselves. But is this assumption correct?

I started this book as a conservative. The facts and history showed me I'd been lied to by mainstream advertisements, urban myths, and schools. I had many misconceptions that were quickly disillusioned by this book.

The conclusion: Adults should have the right to make choices about their own lives. Even if those choices seem harmful, stupid, or worthless, they have that right. Your freedom to swing your fist ends where my nose begins... but you should be able to hit your own nose all you want. ( )
1 vote lunaverse | Sep 11, 2007 |
I confess a libertarian bias, but so much libertarian writing is pompous and inaccessible that I have a difficult time introducing others to these ideas. This book does what so few manage to do; it brings libertarianism closer to the common sense simplicity at its heart. (For the philosophy-types about to flame me, that's not to say that there isn't a complex philosophy to be found in libertarianism, merely that heavy-handedness and obfuscation work no better at communication than Heidegger translations.) The quotes make this a great browser-book, entertaining and thought-provoking even for guests at my home who have other political leanings.
  caffron | Jul 13, 2007 |
http://www.mcwilliams.com/

All of Mr. McWilliams' books are online, free. I saw him speak at a Libertarian convention which was televised in the late '90s, if I recall correctly. The book is worth reading just for the quotes included on each page regarding freedom and privacy. ( )
  Kajabel | Jun 9, 2007 |
This book was a labor of love for Williams. It's easy to read and it's inspirational: he includes many inspiring quotations about liberty/freedom. Most astounding is a passage from The Nation magazine detailing the funding of the Partnership for a Drug-free America. Anheuser-Busch, Philip Morris, and a bunch of pharmaceutical companies funded the partnership in its early days. Now it's in the White House (funded by taxpayers), propagandizing against a substance that is as habit forming as chocolate. You can argue that smoking Cannabis is unhealthy. But if legal, the health-conscious will eat it. ( )
  zappad0g | Nov 6, 2006 |
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I never hurt nobody but myself/and that's nobody's business but my own.  --Billie Holida
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This book is based on a single idea: You should be allowed to do whatever you want with your own person and property, as long as you don't physically harm the person or property of a nonconsenting other.
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