As a Libertarian Maori who has been fighting Socialism and Nanny State for two decades, I have been Labeled an uncaring fool because I reject all the so-called ‘Government assistance programs and prohibitions’… all the social engineering of the ‘Paternal/Maternal State that are supposed to be working to correct the disparities between the misery of those at the bottom of the heap, from the affluence enjoyed at the top.
Yet who really are the Uncaring fools?
All the key indicators reflect the Failure of Nanny Statism… by the ever worsening Statistics of those at the bottom… more poverty… greater disparities!
With few exceptions, there is a correlation between the more Socialist ‘assistance’ any demographic receives… the worse their plight becomes… and even when there is an apparent gain… it is at the increased burdens and misery of someone else… who is unjustly criminalized by Bad Laws and dragged down closer to the poverty line via Taxes, etc.
What increases is the Net total of *Dependence upon the State* and what Atrophies is the net total of *Independent self reliance and self-responsibility*.
At the Heart of all this is the delusion that the State ought to treat adults like helpless Children… the result… the punishment of Adults who want to run their own lives and make their own choices… and the mass production of Child-like helpless adults! … which tends to confirm the assumption of those who have no clue about their own part in this misery… that more Nanny State social engineering is required!
Its not a circle… but a spiral downwards… and its lunacy.
These things being scientifically provable via social statistics, and the fact that governments dont generate wealth, or instill morals and values but creates Legions of Hapless state worshiping drones, I would like to focus on one group whom this selfish and uncaring Libertarian has always sort to awaken… a group who has suffered the greatest amount from the meddling of Nanny State, and the Toxic Doctrines that underpin and pseudo-legitimise all this social Engineering… The Maori people.
I want to discuss in particular Drugs and Alcohol… though this is not to be construed as saying the problems associated with them are unique to Maori… but that they are suffering a definite politically engineered disaster… not from oppression…. but from the very opposite… from a system that has encouraged them to fail… and then criminalizes them when they do… to a higher degree than other demographics… all under the guise of ‘Positive discrimination’… ‘Closing the gaps’… and pretending the State has the legitimate duty to Mother us like kids.
I marvel that this is such a mystery!
Is it not self evident that the Ideal for Human beings is self-reliance and self responsibility?
It it not Obvious that Laws are not a substitute for an Inner moral compass with a needle that points Northward?
Is it not obvious that We want Maori to function and succeed as equals on an even playing field with everyone else?
The Cold truth is that no amount of misguided Nannyism can solve the ethical issues at the heart of the problem.. no matter how well intended these heavy handed measures are.
You cant shortcut the necessary steps required by Maori themselves to escape the mire they wallow in by passing Laws that tend to entrench them in dependence by treating them like special basket cases… filling their heads with lies that corrodes their minds about their own responsibility to climb out of the hole… by their ownership of their problems…rather than Blaming and hating their Pakeha neighbors.
So all the Blame that The Maori Radicals heap upon the Heads of Pakeha… and all the sycophantic Pakeha who swallow these lies and who are chiefly responsible for the Apartheid state we suffer… and all the Nanny State Prohibitions and Taxes on smokes and Alcohol are the chief causes as to why Maori remain ensnared in poverty and misery!
Its a clear case of the remedy being more deadly than the diseases themselves!
What is the greatest travesty of them all is that People like myself… and Don Brash… who want to put an end to all the injustices of the Apartheid state that are so repugnant to Good Law, and so disastrous in effects…. yet we are called the Lunatics… and the racists!
Those whose politics are a vile repudiation of the Equal Rights and Liberties of individuals, and the Strict limitations of Just Law and Political power… are Rabid in their fanatical zeal to retain their tyrannical Laws and powers… the powers they wield to Bully us about… and impose their delusional sense of superiority upon everyone else.
Satan laughing spreads his wings.
The War on Drugs is collapsing around the globe, yet it is a testament to just how backward New Zealand is that instead of Leading this Revolution in Social justice… we are lagging well behind… and it is primarily the Doctrines of Nanny State socialism that are maintaining the prohibition of Cannabis… as almost all the political parties that line up for the job of Government here are captained by Dinosaurs who have no intention of rolling back Nanny State. (Read more here)
They all have their heads in the sand when it comes to the injustices their evil politics imposes upon our society… for Example I would describe Prime minister Bill English’s attitude… and most of his ministers.. towards the Collapse of the war on drugs as *worse than Neanderthal*… and Because Maori statistically use more cannabis than other demographics … they suffer the injustices of ongoing Prohibition to a greater degree than others… even though the Bad Law is not an example of racial oppression… the results impact them harder… The Good news is that though ending Prohibition on Cannabis will in no way be a reform that fundamentally reduces the apartheid state… It will have a significantly Greater Boon for social justice for Maori… and with greater social justice and liberty… we can expect Greater gains in Law and Order and the Social statistics of Maori…across the board.
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One misguided Maori Warden has lodged a Treaty claim with the Tribunal calling for the government to Hike up Alcohol prices…. Read Here… Treaty of Waitangi claim targets alcohol harm among Maori… not at all considering what has happened with regards to that same type of Nannism with regards to cigarettes…
Think about how Tax Rapine on cigarettes that the do-gooders have imposed…and how this has directly fueled a epidemic of violent armed robberies in Daries and Service stations … and what repeating this on Alcohol would likely cause…
Not to mention that these Taxes hit everyone… including all the sensible people who drink in an Adult manor… all under the pretense of putting the squeeze on a minority of fools!
Demonstrating not only how unjust such Heavy handed compulsions are… but how they result in Greater evils for society as a whole.
Yet again conciser the following… Just as there are Un-expected negative consequences from Naive heavy handed Social engineering… so too are there ‘un-expected benefits’ when social engineering is abandoned… that the Naive prohibitionists never factor into their thinking… as is evidenced by the debate between Green Mp Julie Anne Genter and the national party spokesman Simon O’Connor about the Medical cannabis Bill. (See here)
Simon O’Connor rabited on about Law reform as ‘Bringing more Drugs into society’… when in fact the opposite occurs… esp when the drug being legalized is Patently more safe than Alcohol… that powerful poison that has a government monopoly for recreation… and which most of the Nanny statists Guzzle themselves into a stupor on a regular basis.
What happens is the people Drink Less…. which is a Social Justice ideal given the association of alcohol and violent crime,property Damage, Death behind the wheel, poverty, etc etc… and so here have a clear example of how Less Nanny statism… will work to achieve the social ambitions of Caring human beings.
And you cannot get a better Testament of this than among the many Ex-Gangster Ex-Criminal Maori Men of elder generations whom have given up the bottle… because they know that their demons dwell therein… and have instead taken to smoking weed in their Garden sheds and garages!
They have forsaken the life of violence and are doing their best just to chill out… peacefully in their own properties… and just want to be left alone… maybe grow a few plants out the back… yet what does Nanny state say about that????
Nanny State Kicks down their doors and drags them off to Jail!
What dose this Teach them… if not the lesson that the Government is evil… and that there no difference between a peaceful pot smoker and a violent drunk???
Prohibition is a violation of the just principles of Individual liberty and the limits of political power.
“Fuck the Government!” becomes a watchword amongst any sector of our society that is unjustly treated by the Law and justice system.
And Crime thrives in a society in which the Faith in the Justice system is destroyed… I know all this from first hand experience… my life is a living testament to these processes in action… and it is only by the grace of God that I myself am not one of the Lost… yet it was a very near thing for me.
I will attach a short personal testimony at the end of this post… yet for now I hope I have pointed out how Nanny statism, and Drug Prohibition, and the the monopoly of alcohol for recreation have a disproportionate negative affect on Maori even though prohibition is not a race based legal injustice.
What makes one drunk a danger to others… yet another drunk just a funny fool?
Drugs affect different people differently, and so giving people whom get violent on alcohol a legal alternative … esp one as Famous as Cannabis for Chilling people out and bringing calm and peace ought to be a no-brainer!
And Guess what!… 10s of 1000s of Good people have realised this and are ignoring the Wicked Laws and are smoking weed rather than drinking… yet they live as aliens… always with the threat of the jackboots kicking in their doors and ruining their lives.
On top of that I believe there is even something more fundamental at work with regards to why some people get violent on alcohol… yet others dont… its an inner ethical belief about what it means to be a real man (or woman).. about what it means to be a civilised human being and the use of Violence.
The Day a violent man apprehends in his heart of hearts that violence towards others only drags themselves down to level of Savage… and that Real men can be sworn at… cheated on by their wives, etc… yet never resort to violence… they have become a New… truly reformed human being … and this enlightenment can never result from Draconian Prohibitions or Violence by the agents of the State.
Self responsibility must be instilled via education and example… yet this is the very opposite of what is taught in schools… everyone is taught that it is the government who are supposed to dictate everything… and that all life’s problems have political solutions….
My Submission to Stuffs ….’How has cannabis affected your life?’
I was introduced to cannabis when I was about 15 at work, doing my Engineering apprenticeship in West Auckland. Many of the elder Apprentices and workers smoked it… people I admired… hard workers… not bad guys… not criminals.. and when I got high for the first time I began to realise that everything I had been told about it was lies… It did not make you go crazy… in fact it made you relax and have a good time… and meditate… and enjoy friendship and music, etc.
And had that been all… I would say that my experience was all Good… but then the Police turned up at my house one day because of some silly stuff some visitor had done in town… and they searched our house and they found some pot… and arrested us all… I admitted that it was mine… it was a terrible experience… The cops were horrible… and I knew that Had not hurt anyone… but still got chewed up by the system.
I remember walking out of Court feeling like I was no longer a welcome member of society… I was an Outlaw… a criminal… I could no longer travel… I worried about getting Jobs etc… and I learned that the justice system was not just.
I did not stop smoking Pot, but learned to be more devious about it… I thought of the Police not as my defenders but as Dangerous enemies to be avoided at all costs… and that you had to lie to them… for my own safety.
This way how Prohibition got me on the road to petty crime … and it was not for many Years that I realised what had happened to me… and that I needed to fight prohibition, and end this injustice that I knew from first hand experience was destroying thousands of innocent lives every year. It corrupts what Freedom and Justice are… as long as our actions do not harm others… we have the right to do *anything*, and its not the polices Job to impose *Political agendas* on innocent people… but only to stop *Real crimes*… which are defined as violations of other peoples Rights and Liberties.
Sometimes *The Law Itself can be Unjust and is therefore corrupt and illegitimate*… and Bad Laws make criminals out of innocent people… and it is then that The Law is in the wrong… and the Police then become the Jackbooted thugs outside your door. They are Killing People… Jailing People over it… and that is absolutely an atrocity in this day and age!
The sooner it is legalized this will be a massive improvement in Law and Order and Justice!
I have smoked *Truck LOADs* of the stuff and I am not retarded… not unhealthy… and not criminally minded (thankfully I woke up to the dangerous Path that I was on… thanks to the social alienation I felt at being criminalized)
I am now a Father and Grandfather who wants Cannabis legalised so that my Kids and Grand Kids are not exposed to the Draconian Police like I was… As a concerned parent I worry about my Kids *Stealing* Vandalising* Or being Violent* Or drinking too much alcohol and getting poisoned* I dont worry about them smoking Pot… and they choose not to!
I avoid it now because of Drug testing at work, yet that means I drink more and that worries me… Cannabis helps me to relax and sleep better, and to ‘chill out’… not be so stressed about the Rat race… helps me to cope, and so when it is legalised I will rejoice for our Nation… and will no doubt drink less… and smoke more.
It is risky for anyone to say these things in Public yet if we are to Win the reform Brave and principled people must speak up.
Kind regards Tim Wikiriwhi.
More from Tim…
Police know the War on Drugs is making New Zealand a more dangerous place, yet try to pull the wool over the Public’s eyes.
Hell’s Bells! Drugs and Alcohol are being consumed in an Adult manner by the employed masses!
Historic battles. The Libertarian struggle against Drug Prohibition. Why BZP should have been kept Legal.
Prohibition fails again. Synthetic Cannabis still here… driven underground. TVNZ
New Prohibitions. How our Police and Government work for Criminal Gangs.
6 thoughts on “Alcohol, Drugs, Nanny State, and the Plight of the Maori People.”
Sorry, Tom but I am afraid I have to disagree with a lot of your reasoning .
I (and my wife) were prosecuted, and fined, for cultivation during the early 90’s.
What we did was wrong, we admit it, but, at the time, we were in dire financial straits.
Since then, neither of us have attempted to repeat this, and, as a result, have not been hassled by the Authorities, although there was some contact with regards toward my Firearms Licence, and the conditions of the changeover to the permanent licence provisions.
However, over the same period,we have come across two persons who were heavily addicted to marijuana. One is the son of a friend, the other is my wife’s adopted brother. Both, I might also add, are part-maori, one being from the West Coast of the South Island, the other from the Kaikohe area.
The Kaikohe fellow, despite having a mother who is half-Greek/half Egyptian, with a father who hails from the Kaikohe area, fully identifies as maori, completely ignoring fully his maternal line. Disrespectful to his mother? You bet your boots!
The other is my wife’s fostered “brother”, his lineage harks back to the Buller/Grey district, and, although he has tried, on occasions,to pull the racial card, he now lives in Australia, where said card means nothing.
Given my past involvement with, and entanglement with the Law, would I agree with partial/full legalisation of pot? NO WAY!
Even though it would have made our position legal, the mess that I have seen it make of our relative and our friend’s son, I would never agree to legalisation.
Sorry, Mate, you are on your own with this…………….
However, you do make your case well.
I agree with your liberal views on cannabis, and opposition to mindless taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.
But concerned that you make reference to the correlation between poor outcomes for children and benefit dependence, and other such links. Correlation is not causation, as you surely know.
More telling is the extreme deprivation suffered at the bottom of our increasingly unequal society.
This documentary shows our egalitarian society being destroyed by neoliberalism, corporatisation, globalisation, shrinking of the state and contraction of health, education and social welfare.
hi tim, i liked your article as i have also noticed the nanny state screwing maori and wondered if i could help in any way. i guess you will get my email when i hit post comment
I agree with your commentary on the whole, Tim, particularly regarding prohibition but i think you appear to have very little understanding of mental health issues and how these affect the ability to function well in a society like NZ’s. In short, it’s not possible. And this is where “state charity” aka the social welfare system is a necessity. It is just individual charity repackaged and shouldn’t really be a problem to any compassionate libertarian. Especially a Christian libertarian.
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