Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alan Korwin, outside the box.

An intriguing idea from Alan Korwin:  "diplomatic carry" as a step beyond what has come to be called "Constitutional carry".  The basic idea stems from one of those "hidden in plain sight" observations:  political diplomats--or at least their hired entourage--carry regularly in places they'd never enjoy such a privilege as what Grigg calls a "mere Mundane". 

It's clear that they operate in areas beyond the law, so why not advance an equal opportunity argument?  If it works, things improve, and if it doesn't, it's another nice, concrete "Emperor has no clothes" story that has the even more constructive effect of (further) eroding people's dogged faith in our thoroughly rigged system.

As usual, I can't really get excited about the idea in principle because it's still a political remedy, and I'm of the opinion that appealing to the same corrupt system that gave us the problem in the first place (i.e., politics) is never, ever going to produce a sustainable solution.  Would it be an almost unrecognizable improvement over our current, sorry state of affairs?  Hell yes.  So would a Ron Paul presidency.  But ultimately, given enough time, things would just trend right back to where we are now.  (Are we not here, now, in this sorry mess?  Lysander Spooner noted nearly 150 years ago, during Reconstruction, that the Constitution "has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it."  He was right.)   So long as a political system can "legally" compel by force, it will do so.  Arbitrarily.  Crookedly.  Murderously.  Human history is not at all ambiguous on that point. is at least encouraging that as times get darker, one of the unintended consequences is that more and more people demonstrate that they can think outside the box.  If for that reason alone, I wish Korwin and his project all the best.

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