Thursday, 11 March 2010

More on Nick Hogan

As there doesn't seem to be a comment facility on the Nick Hogan post I am commenting this way.

I oppose the smoking ban and would advocate its complete withdrawal. However, we cannot pick and choose the laws we obey. There is a difference between campaigning against and flouting the law.

If you choose to flout the law you take the consequences and if you choose not to obey the laws you dislike you take the punishment. If you don't pay the fines you go to clink.

To take this stand over the smoking ban makes Nick Hogan a clown in my view, not a hero.

Civil disobedience is a last resort in extreme circumstances.


sound money man said...

Gregg, I've been pondering this one as well. We need to pick our battles carefully. There are many outrageous laws on the statute books that need to be scrapped. What about the TV licence? A quick google search reveals that in 2008, 845 women were jailed for non-payment of the £1000 fine incurred. Actually, you've insipred me to do a post on the subject of effective and non-effective civil disobediance.

Gregg Beaman said...

I agree, 'pick our battles carefully'. You've hit the nail on the head.

Look forward to reading the result of your ponderings.