(Nick Sibilla)Ever since she was a little girl, Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair. And for almost two decades, Fatou has turned that tradition into a vocation by working professionally as a licensed natural hair stylist in Tennessee.
“I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” she said. “I cannot recall a time when I did not know how.”
But in recent years, Tennessee has forced Fatou to pay a staggering $16,000 in fines, simply because she employed workers who did not have a government license to braid hair.
(J.D. Tuccille) Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants limits on virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, that help people keep their financial lives private from folks like him. Senator Dianne Feinstein wants government regulation of political speech by foreign agents—or maybe just by people with whom she disagrees. Gun control activists want more restrictions with which to threaten peaceful gun owners so that violent predators who break laws will have more things to ignore.
If ever there was a “there oughta be a law moment,” we’re living in it. At least, we’re living in one of all too many such moments. Because people are forever looking to the law as the solution to the ills they perceive in the world around them—often only to spackle over the failures of the previous round of laws. In the process, they’re forever forgetting that laws are usually nothing more than codified prejudices, imposed against resistant populations, by sometimes incompetent and often corrupt enforcers.
The following debate took place upon my Facebook wall, after I posted artworkbeing shared by the page, “AnarchoChristian”…
“Liberals: Cops are shooting black people based on race. Also Liberals: Only cops should have guns. Republicans: Don’t question cops when they use force. Also Republicans: The 2nd Amendment is because we can’t trust the government”
Sam B.: You’re right. The cop shouldn’t have a gun either.
Rayn: But… without an army of domestic terrorists, funded by victim extortion, and operating under color of law, how exactly do you expect to disarm an entire population of innocent, peaceful human beings?