RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My 2017 wish.

The London Sunday Times has a piece today about 'ticket-touting'. Companies are buying up tickets from certain clubs, and then reselling them at a profit -- often a huge profit. In the UK, where the idea of liberty is far less developed than in the US, this generates outrage because of the so-called 'unfairness'. But why? If the price was unfair, why did the buyer pay it? He obviously valued the ticket more than the money he exchanged for it, else he wouldn't have done it. Why should the State step into a non-fraudulent commercial transaction between consenting adults, both of whom feel that they benefitted?

This doesn't just apply to ticket-scalping. Every year, thousands of American men and women are prosecuted for consensual sex (or BDSM), or even just negotiating consensual sex, simply because money has changed hands. Aside from the direct costs, the indirect consequences of this -- driving sex-workers underground and making them more vulnerable to predation by cops or criminals, active corruption by the vice-squad, etc., are enormous. But why do we care if John Doe exchanges $500 for a two-hour session with Mistress Nasty? Both are grown ups of sound mind, and both consider they have profited from the transition. Who is some politican or policeman to interpose themself into the exchange?

This is my wish for 2017: that we stop trying to make criminal voluntary transactions between consenting adults. Why is it any of our business, or the State's business?

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