December 9th, 2005 - Open Knowledge
Dec. 9th, 2005
02:01 am - National Self-Defense Day
In my opinion, U.S. citizens have generally greater access to guns primarily because we have a strong gun culture -- not because of the 2nd amendment (although it acts as a useful rallying point). Lot's of people grow up around guns, and think it's quite normal hunt, shoot, and defend themselves with guns. Unfortunately, that gun culture is fading in many parts of the U.S., as the country has become more urbanized, and fewer people grow up on farms. As a result, to more and more of the population, guns are scary, unfamiliar weapons, which should only be used by intensively trained, heavily regulated government workers. (Witness the recent ban on firearms in San Francisco).
How can we preserve and strengthen our gun culture?
In my opinion, we need to have more opportunities to expose people to guns, to show people that gun owners are safe, responsible citizens, to educate people about the proper use and value of guns. Perhaps we should have a National Self Defense Day? Maybe set up shooting gallery at the fairground? Have parades? Open carry pistols?
Does such a thing exist already?
(I'm thinking outloud here -- don't expect a great deal of coherence.)
Use case for hypothetical website, baddrivers.org:
You're walking down the street, and some asshole honks their horn just as they pass. Or your'e riding a bike, and they drive you into the parking lane. You're pissed. But what are you gonna do?
If you get their license plate number, you could go to baddrivers.org, and for a nominal fee (say, $5.00), anonymously assign demerits to the bad driver. Inasurance companies might then use the data to assign insurance rates. Bad drivers could get their records expunged by paying penance. Penance fees would go to pay for driver's education courses, MSF courses, etc. Since you have to pay to assign demerits, you would not be able to post too many merely malicious demerits (unless you're rich).
Ancap, Inc. -- Ancap defense agencies have to date, been largely theoretical. How would you start one? It seems to me that the biggest problem such an agency would face would be protecting its clients from the U.S. government. For example, what could a defense agency do to protect me against the U.S. government if I wanted to, say, smoke pot?
It seems to me, you don't want to compete directly at first - the U.S. government would squash you like a bug. You want to grow big and strong in areas that could be repurposed as part of defense agency, but would not be noticed by the U.S. government until it was too late.
Some fields that would have direct relevance:
* Cruise ships
* Arms manufacturing
* Commercial security guards
* Radio, TV stations
* Satellite communications
* Ship building
* Real estate
What would be a low capital business to start? Perhaps pre-paid legal insurance? For a monthly fee, you get the right to a certain amount of legal representation. You'd agree that disagreements between other clients would be settled via arbitration.
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