Smuggler Is Born!
by Cristina C. Espina
Cristina C. Espina
Do you know
what is dangerous about punishing someone for a "crime" he did not
commit? You practically give him permission to go ahead and do it
not, he will reason, when he's already done time for it?
trade of a more karmic nature.
when the employees of the Philippine post office pawed through a
present they had no right to touch, inspected a letter they had
no right to read, and shook me down for duties they had no right
to demand, they unwittingly created a smuggler. That's right: the
direct result of a process meant to cut down on smuggling has simply
given them another smuggler to worry about in the future.
At first, I
admit, all I wanted was petty vengeance. If they insisted on opening
private packages, well, I'd just get my new friend Mr. Rockwell
to mail me one package they'd never forget. Using a strange alias
(something untraceable like Rew Lockwell), he'll send me
a little stink bomb designed to go off when the lid is removed.
He could add some itching power, for good measure – whatever feels
natural to him when he's putting it together.
Then I realized
that I don't want short-term satisfaction. This is about principles
and principles are permanent things. My battle is not with a single
city's central post office, but with an ideology that seems to have
gripped the world in the form of big government insanity. It is
not enough to rage at people doing wrong. I must also actively do
what is right – and since what is right is free trade, well, I guess
I'll have to start smuggling.
I already have
a small collection of books sent to me by friends who – bless
them! – didn't know they were attempting to sneak taxable goods
into the Philippines without paying the government for permission
to do so. Except for the ones I've really come to love, I am going
to sell them. I am going to sell them without issuing receipts to
the buyers, so that there will be no record of a sale and no proof
of anything I owe the government a cut of.
Such a little
thing, yes, and pitiful next to the work of professionals . . .
but there is no shame in starting small.
Why do people
think that smugglers only import "bad" things like guns? (Moreover,
why do people think that guns are bad?) In theory, anything can
be smuggled – and if governments continue to charge ridiculous taxes,
everything will be. Smugglers have a bad reputation because of the
belief that someone who is hiding something is likely doing something
wrong. Yet common sense tells you that the less others look for,
the less one can hide. The quickest, simplest way to put an end
to smuggling – my own planned activities included – is to let private
packages be private packages.
C. Espina [send her
mail] is a teacher and freelance writer. Visit
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