I have not yet read (as distinct from scanned very rapidly) all of what is a fairly lengthy post but there seems to be little to disagree with...
Beliefs About Law and Politics
- The essence of law is regulation of the use of force.
- Law, including constitutional law, is shaped far more by social forces than are social forces shaped by the law. Trying to use law to 'send messages' is generally a waste of time.
- Most bad law is the result either of failure to properly consider what sort of behaviour is incentivised by that law, or of failure to grasp the important differences between law and morality.
- Same-sex marriages should be allowed by law.
- The current level of petrol tax is about right and should be supplemented by tolls, especially on busy roads during peak periods. The revenue should be mostly spent on improving the roading network. Ultimately we're going to be driving electric or other non-fossil-fuel vehicles, but we'll still need lots of roads. Rail and other public transport is fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand's geography, population density and preferred lifestyle choices.
- The best, and probably only way, for news media to achieve balance is for them to bring in people from both sides of an issue and let them argue it out.
- Global warming is real and if anyone can devise a workable plan to combat it, we should probably adopt that plan. No, not the Kyoto Protocol. I said a workable plan.
- People possess genetic intellectual and behavioural differences that correlate with race and gender. However, the consequences of taking into account these differences in law or public policy are far more negative than positive.
- We have gone too far in eliminating opportunities for voluntary risk-taking.
Ones that I might disagree with...
- If my neighbour beats his wife, I should call the police. If the police refuse to act, I am entitled to call up some friends and go over there with shotguns to sort him out. A similar principle applies to international relations - and we know that the U.N. almost always refuses to act. (I hate cheap political shots)
- In order to effectively fight wars and combat terrorism, some traditional liberties have to be infringed. The right of a detained person to consult privately with a lawyer, and the requirement that the government obtain a warrant at least shortly after conducting a search, are not among those liberties. There should be no compromise on loss of freedoms or liberty. Why the H3ii CAN'T I do my manicure on the long flight between Auckland and Raro?
- The only things expected of immigrants should be that they work hard and obey the law. Some cultures need to assimilate more than others in order to do this. Could do with specifics here - no, on second thoughts he might show the true nature of the idea.
- If everyone received an itemized monthly tax bill similar to a phone bill and paid their taxes by writing out a cheque, taxes would be much lower and government services would be better. I disagree. It would just be the most expensive waste of paper ever. Why good money after bad?
- A successful family usually requires two parents, at least one of whom has a job. The least we can expect from government is that they refrain from rewarding the exact opposite. ...with no regard for the consequences.
- Gun control does little to reduce violent crime. Nonetheless, we should ban silencers, devastator bullets, fully automatic weapons, and some of the other really bad stuff. Yeah, I know where this is coming from. Everyone who wants to own a gun should be shot.
Good stuff - take a read.