The FDA’s Continuing Assault on the Principles of Justice

by | May 21, 2019

Eddie Gray, the owner of the online pipe-smokers’ boutique The Pipe Nook, reports in his latest YouTube video that the FDA has accused him of selling to a minor but refuses to provide the evidence. This is nothing less than a direct assault on a basic principle of Anglo-American justice: innocence until guilt is proved, which means that the government — exclusively — has the burden of proof and the accused has no burden whatever to provide evidence of his innocence. One obvious aspect of this principle is that the state has an obligation to present the evidence to the accused, who may then rebut it. This is how things should work because one cannot prove a negative, namely, that one is not guilty, especially when one is given no details about the alleged offense.

When will those in Washington who love to rail against regulation finally pull the plug on the FDA, which tramples individual rights wherever it treads?

See my other FDA posts herehere, here, and here.

Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of The Libertarian Institute and a contributing editor at Antiwar.com. He is the former senior editor at the Cato Institute and Institute for Humane Studies; former editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education; and former vice president at the Future of Freedom Foundation. His latest books are Coming to Palestine and What Social Animals Owe to Each Other.

View all posts

Our Books

libertarian inst books

Related Articles

Related

Not All Cops Are Child Rapists

But alot of them are. And they always get away with it because all judges are accessories to child rape. They go home and tell their wives and kids at dinner, "I did my job today. I helped a cop get away with raping a kid. Those cops sure do love raping kids. Those...

read more

Consensual Dueling: Bring Back Single Combat

I happen to think that consensual dueling has many positive aspects for civilized societies that would make our lives better. Politicians especially liked to take part in these martial contests, the possibilities in the contemporary milieu are delightful. For those...

read more

Up Against The War – Anti-War Blog

In her 1970 book, Up Against The War, Norma Sue Woodstone gives voice to those who refused conscription and campaigned against the US war in South-East Asia. Men who refused the draft were tarred by polite society as being cowards, ‘Draft Dodgers!’ A slur to be thrown...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This