Nick Gillespie And Why Government Oppression Creates Rock And Roll

by | Aug 12, 2019

On Thad Russell’s podcast, he featured a discussion between himself and Dave Smith and Nick Gillespie.  Admittedly, this was a major pull, and a fantastic piece of media.

Among the many great things said, Nick Gillespie commented on the libertarian commitment to end public schooling.  His point was that, without public schools, could we have Pink Floyd’s “Brick In The Wall”.  Whatever his reason, he expressed concern that a world without public school would be a world without Rock And Roll.

It’s a fascinating point, one I’d piggyback on.

I hate weed, and I don’t think sexual liberation is necessarily good for everyone.  The socio-sexual competition leads to violence, and over-prioritization of status signaling.  It leads to misallocations that cause harms.  Weed, when we’re talking about frequent use of high THC strains (not necessarily the norm in use) is associated with use disorders and other problems, despite the fun experienced by many many moderate users.

My “approach” to these things I consider to be “problems” has been decidedly libertarian.  No way should the government be involved and use cages to solve the problem.  And, per Thad Russell, shame and ostracism are also somewhat cruel as methods to enforce “good morals”.

So what’s the “approach”?

Well, call me crazy, but somehow I believe that a free society would simply have less incentive to resort to rebellion against parents as a motive for “delinquent” behaviors, and so forth.  Without public schools, Rock And Roll isn’t as meaningful.

So, Mr. Gillespie, this is my “boring” mandate: let’s end coercion, and the world might choose voluntarily to be less funky.

For what it’s worth, there’s an entire genre within the sex industry in Japan of older hostess women who are neither whores nor Geisha.  They sell the possibility of sex, without ever giving it.  The men who pay (tips) for this service, a banter – more or less – pay big money for it.

There’s value to the tease.  The full high, which comes with its own drawbacks, is only popular when you live in a society that cockblocks even the tease.

Think about it.


About Zack Sorenson

Zachary Sorenson was a captain in the United States Air Force before quitting because of a principled opposition to war. He received a MBA from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan as class valedictorian. He also has a BA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science.

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