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Our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect has chance to shred property and democracy!

by: Eric B.

Wed May 28, 2014 at 13:16:39 PM EDT


The entre point of havng property is that you get to determine what is done with that property. There's no point in owning property that gets used according to what other people think.

Today's lesson in The Party of Private Property hates property.

LANSING, MI -- Hunting groups seeking to preserve a wolf season in Michigan have turned in petitions for citizen-initiated legislation that could undermine two opposition proposals set to appear on the November ballot.

Let me sum up how things have gotten this far: Our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect passes a law naming the gray wolf as a game species. They did this by taking seriously a bunch of Little Red Riding Hood fables. But, still, they at least did it in a way that was proper and aligned with our democratic principles and according to powers given them by the public to determine how public assets (in this case, wildlife) are managed.

As is also right and proper, people who objected to an animal species being labeled a game species circulated pettions and gathered signatures to put the work done in our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect to a vote of the people. That is, they petitioned their government for a statewide vote of what's to be done with Michigan's gray wolves, owned communally (and according to custom handed down over hundreds of years) by everyone. For you fans of ancient history, this is exactly what was done eight years ago regarding the mourning dove hunt.

Fearing that its work might be undone by a vote of the electorate, our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect passed a new law to render that statewide vote moot ... by turning decisions of how our communal property is managed to an unelected panel of gubernatorial appointees. In doing so, we have veered from basic democratic processes and into a thinly veiled contempt by elected leaders for the people on whose behalf they are given consent to govern through a social contract.

This again didn't sit well with the governed, who once again circulated petitions to reject the end-around of said democratic principles by our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect. Those were properly filed and circulated and the November ballot started to take on the look of a confused mess.

Yet the ink hadn't dried before a fourth petition drive ramped up. They submitted signatures this week, and ... voila! ... we get a looming crime against both democracy and property:

If the signatures are certified, the measure would go before the state Legislature, which would then have 40 days to approve it, propose an alternative or allow it to go to the statewide ballot in November.

Shepard expects lawmakers to act in late summer or early fall even though the Legislature is often on break at that time of year. "We feel there's a few issues they'll come back for," he explained.

The last time this happened was with the rape insurance rider that helped Right to Life barge its way into private health care insurance decisions to get past a gubernatorial veto. This time would be even more obscene, taking two citizen-driven initiatives intended to address a grievance with a law passed by our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect and rendering them moot, because ...

"The fear I have is 30-second soundbites," Casperson said, predicting an expensive ad campaign. "The problem with 30-second soundbites is the guy or gal that comes in with the most money has the advantage, and I just think that's not the best way to manage our wildlife … I'm much more comfortable if we let the NRC deal with this."

Tom Casperson is afraid he's going to lose an election.

This is the worst display of arrogance and contempt for the will of the voters I may have ever seen, anywhere. It is not only shitting all over the social contract that binds a legislative body to the governed, but it's also a crime against the basic ideas of property disposal. This is literally Tom Casperson saying, "I don't give a shit what you want done with your property. I'm going to do this other thing with it, even if 80 percent of you disagree."

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Ran into some paid petition circulators outside the library (4.00 / 1)
They were soliciting signatures on behalf of the "Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management" proposal.

The circulator's sales pitch was that the petition was aimed at keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Her claim was literally true, but the gist of the measure is to permit wolf hunting. The proposal language also calls for the "wise use" of resources, which in English means "conservation be damned"

Pretty damn deceptive, but par for the course these days. I fought off the temptation to sign the petition as "Wile E. Coyote."

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.


Exactly the same tack they took when I ran into them. (0.00 / 0)
I just told them I wasn't signing.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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