I was listening to a Paul Wheaton Podcast recently about Sepp Holzer and how pissed he (Sepp) was about how other countries have much less litigation. In this podcast I found out that making ponds, and lakes, on your own land requires tons of permits from several departments. If you make one anyway they might see it on Google Earth and come make you sad. This blew me away, I could not believe there are laws about putting in a freaking pond. This got me doing a little researching on what freedoms other countries have that we do not. Mostly I came across a lot of idiots on forums that believe that “Free” Healthcare and Education is freedom. Not when you are being taxed to death to pay for those things. More laws never equal more freedom. I dismissed those morons but did manage to find some freedoms that we do not have. Let me share with you a few things that our neighbors can do that we can’t
I watched a documentary on Raw Milk recently on Netflix and was appalled by it. I saw people arrested and their business destroyed for selling the best quality milk on earth. One man in California spent four months in jail, got two felony charges and heavy fines for running a CSA. This man only wanted to provide a great service and healthy food and now his life is completely destroyed. From searching online Raw milk is legal in most countries throughout the world with a few exception. Raw milk is not the only food governed so strictly in the U.S. Michigan is going in a killing heritage breeds of boars because they might go feral. The Federal government makes it extremely costly and time consuming to be labeled organic but subsidies gmo crops that are killing US. On top of that people have been finned and arrested for front yard gardens. Do the police and law makers have nothing better to do than throw people in jail for growing food.
I was reading that in Australia you can file for a business and be up and running in three days, compared to America where it can a month. How sad is it that it’s easier to run a business in Singapore, China or Rwanda than the US. These countries and many others have realized that they need to encourage the entrepreneurship attitude in it’s people and make it easy for them to start businesses. The more business employing people the more wealthy you can become. In America with companies in bed with the government the small business get screwed over. If it wasn’t so unprofitable to run a company here we wouldn’t be moving everything overseas.
When I think about all the laws that are completely unnecessary in this country. Laws that have no victims and that in no way interfere with anyone else’s way of life. I get infuriated when I think, and I often try not to, about all the laws to nanny us. I am a free man and have no desire to be told what to do, eat or If I can put in a lake. If you traveled back in time and asked Thomas Jefferson if you could put a pond on your land he would replay with something along the lines of “Well can you?” and be puzzled as to why you are even asking. To answer the question is America really free, I would say maybe in some ways that are being eroded constantly. Even the rights we have are being taken. In short America becomes less free everyday.