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Mar. 21st, 2011

07:40 am - Fuck The FTC (and Shitty Optometrists)

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Why the fuck is it illegal to buy eye glasses without a prescription... are teenagers abusing spectacles? Can you get high off that shit? Nope, otherwise people would be selling bifocals on the goddamn street corner. It's a scam to keep shitty optometrists in business. Remember, every law requires the use of force by the Government. So if you support this law, you support the Government using force against those who break it.

Think that could never happen? Meet Da Young Kim. She owned a company that sold contact lenses. Not corrective lenses; fucking Halloween themed decorative contact lenses. However, the Government's declared it a crime to buy decorative (non corrective) contact lenses without a prescription. So when the Federal Trade Commission suspected Da Young Kim might not be checking every customer's prescription, they jumped into action; spending your tax dollars on an undercover sting operation.

Sure enough, they caught her selling decorative contact lenses to happy customers who didn't waste their money on a pointless prescription. Even though there were no complaints from any customers, the FTC arrested her, and fined her $50,000. But... they acknowledged she didn't have $50,000, so they auctioned off her car and kept the money as a "civil penalty."

Now... after hearing that story, people will have one of two distinct reactions: Some will say "What the fuck? That's bullshit! Fucking Government... Goddammit!" (Those are what you call "good people.") Other's will have this reaction: "Well the Law's the Law. She knew she was breaking the law and she deserves whatever she gets."

The following is addressed to that second group of people:
You needle-dicked pieces of shit are the main obstacle to the advancement of human liberty. Fuck you. You're the Government's bitch and your submissive attitude has enabled tyrants since Man came down from the goddamn trees. "All that's needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." That's you.

Back in the day people like you turned in runaway slaves because, hey, "The Law's the Law." Now you're saying, "That's ridiculous. It's not the same at all." Oh, so you know some laws are wrong... it's just that your employees (the Government) didn't quite fuck this woman over enough to reach your moral threshold for outrage. That makes you a "Douchebag."

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From:istar
Date:March 21st, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Uh... does the author know you can buy eyeglasses without a prescription at the drugstore? And also that there's a difference between eyeglasses and contact lenses, in that one of them is a product designed to sit directly on a membrane partially inside your skin? Does the author realize that serious permanent damage can result from sticking things in your eyes indiscriminately?

I propose that rather than ineffectively raging against The Government for perpetrating this nonsense, we work toward creating a free-market solution: an industry-specific for-profit watchdog organization that works to prevent people from being ripped off or hurt by dodgy medical devices, while protecting the right of business owners to sell harmless items.
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From:crasch
Date:March 21st, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
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"And also that there's a difference between eyeglasses and contact lenses, in that one of them is a product designed to sit directly on a membrane partially inside your skin? Does the author realize that serious permanent damage can result from sticking things in your eyes indiscriminately?"

Do you realize how patronizing this sounds? Do you think that libertarians lack basic knowledge of anatomy?

"does the author know you can buy eyeglasses without a prescription at the drugstore?"

Do you know that many states have made it illegal to buy eyeglasses without a prescription?

"we work toward creating a free-market solution: an industry-specific for-profit watchdog organization that works to prevent people from being ripped off or hurt by dodgy medical devices, while protecting the right of business owners to sell harmless items."

Hey, that's a great idea! However, it doesn't matter until you end the state's monopoly claims.
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