9.22.2014

Law Books: To Ban or Not To Ban?

For Your Safety: Don't Have Fun
That is the question to kick off Banned Books Week; inspired by the RCW warning sign spotted at a nearby park yesterday.

Rather than getting rid of all the lawyers as Shakespeare once suggested, I would rather get rid of the lawmakers' self-righteous implementations of desolation and destruction: Law books.

As Henry David Thoreau wrote over 160 years ago: Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.

I understand that law books may help get people out of legal problems, because studying laws is necessary when it comes to being a party to a lawsuit. However, would a person need to use a law book to defend themselves if that same law book didn't already contain laws that were used to prosecute that person?

Exhibit A: RCW 66.44.100:
Opening or consuming liquor in public place — Penalty.
Except as permitted by this title, no person shall open the package containing liquor or consume liquor in a public place. Every person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a class 3 civil infraction under chapter 7.80 RCW.

Why, it is almost as if law books create their own problems: Outlaws. If that is the case, hypothetically speaking, would more laws ever do away with outlaws? Or will more laws continue to feed the bureaucratic system by entrapping individuals into paying outrageous incarceration fines and fees? Perhaps that is the 'job creation' politicians speak so much of; creating more laws will create more outlaws who create more jobs for lawmakers, bureaucrats, court personnel, and others.

Or maybe it's just crazy talk, to ban law books. Yet, if a person has only lived under laws and witnessed the problems they create and has never known life without any man-made laws whatsoever, is it really all that crazy for a person to prance outside their preconditioning and question if such laws are the solution to life's problems? If that is crazy, then to accept established laws without hesitation, and to not question the possibility of a life free of entangling laws, is nothing short of insanity.

What laws could you live without?
Tell me in a comment.

Thanks for reading!

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