Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Taking a Stab at Freedom

Libertarians are supposed to be champions of capitalism, at least of the free-market sort, but you don't very ofter hear of libertarian plans to use capitalism to further their message. Oh, they know all about asking capitalists for money, but it's not so easy to think about making money and furthering libertarianism at the same time. Well, A. X. Perez has an idea in that regard, and poetically enough, the "Ax" is talking about knives. Being a renaissance man, he knows how to use knives and curly brackets, so watch your step:

Getting Rich Being Free
by A.X. Perez

Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Just a thought:

Disagreements between supporters and opponents of liberty create business opportunities. For example, Starbucks doesn't want to alienate either its pro or antigun customers. This is appropriate, their goal is to sell coffee and food as this earns them a profit. However, they have the right to tell people, "Leave us out of your fight."

So why don't we open explicitly pro gun coffee shops, bar and grills, restaurants, and so on? Of course the Antis can do the same. See who makes more money in the long run. Do the same in all businesses that aren't legal forbidden to allow weapons in their doors (liquor stores and establishments whose main income is selling alcoholic beverages in some states.)

Recently several states, not just Texas, have legalized (or relegalized) using switchblade knives as everyday carry knives (EDCK). I say switchblades instead of automatics because some states definition of switchblades also includes gravity knives and balisongs (my preferred EDCK if any cares. {do I hear a chorus of not reallys? Yea, kinda figured so}). Two problems arise. The first is the federal restrictions on the interstate trafficking of switchblades. the second is that most autos and balis I've seen, even those by reputable makers , are either expensive items made for the military and law enforcement trade and/or at least visually appear to be a bit lightweight for heavy duty use by farmers, ranch hands, oilfield roughnecks, and others who need a heavy duty folding knife that will be used, abused, and generally worked hard enough to need sharpening every two or three days (which doesn't describe but I see a need.).

Again the possibility to make money and open new businesses, namely, factories making switchblades in states that have legalized them. I see jobs created, technologies developing, useful products made that meet working men's needs, not just the needs of the military, first responders, and knife enthusiasts (I confess).

Many people have made themselves rich, or at least earned a living, selling "alternative" products at frequently inflated prices. May i suggest that those who love freedom can produce and sell decently priced and superior products in venues designed to allow people to exercise their liberties?

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