• Abolish Childhood

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    The next class to receive emancipation
    is the only one in America that remains indentured: children.

    When the coercive activity of restricting
    action brings up the question of where to draw the line, do not
    draw it at all!  If the question can be somewhat rationally
    debated, there must therefore be sound arguments on both sides.
     Just as courts in a civilized society operate on the principle
    of innocent until proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt, the
    rest of a civilized society’s laws must operate on the same principle.
     To restrict a person’s non-aggressive actions is to find them
    guilty of being incapable of performing those actions.  Might
    it be reasonable to doubt the guilt of every single person of a
    certain age?

    We have all heard about many grandiose
    class-action lawsuits against corporations.  But have we ever
    heard of class-action lawsuits against a class’ actions?  This
    is civil war, with judges and legislators on the front line fighting
    against the youth.  The lawmen cannot win the battle against
    America’s youth without the support of America’s elders, who have
    been bribed by the lawmen though the generous “granting” of superior
    rights.  Remember when kings would grant noblemen land, title,
    and treasure in exchange for their support and cooperation?  Times
    have not changed.  Democracy has simply expanded the number
    of noblemen into a majority.

    Every person cannot drive a car
    competently at the age of fifteen, cannot vote, have sex, purchase
    guns, or enter contracts competently at seventeen, cannot consume
    alcohol responsibly at twenty (or heroine at the age of one thousand
    years), and cannot drive a rental car competently at
    twenty-four.  The government asserts this lunacy, and much
    more.

    Bastiat’s thoughts apply here: “The
    law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along
    with it!”

    A fairly reasonable individual will
    accept that there has existed, on this very planet, Homo sapiens
    under the age of eighteen that have the rational capacity to responsibly
    enter into voluntary contracts.  In fact, a reasonable individual
    could extend this possibility to other activities, and other ages.
     Flash!  Reasonable doubt has been proven for this class
    of young individuals, and any judge worth his position would never
    be able to convict anyone for crimes of “underagedness”!

    All seventeen-year-olds have been
    found guilty of being too stupid to enter contracts.  But why
    set the limit at eighteen years?  Why not use months?  Wouldn’t
    that be more accurate?  How can legislators look their citizens
    in the eye when they are carelessly toying with our lives?  A
    more accurate measurement of when a child becomes an adult by government
    standards could very well be 211 months, which is 17.58 years.  For
    convenience, let’s just round up to eighteen years.  Actually,
    the number eighteen is quite ugly.  Maybe we should round up
    to a nice even twenty.

    The unit of years is arbitrary.
     What is a year?  One lap around the sun.  How does
    completing an exact number of laps around the sun grant someone
    more rights?  On planet Earth we experience these laps as cycling
    through the seasons, so perhaps living through these cycles many
    times is what grants us rights.

    This thought is easily proven invalid,
    because not everyone experiences these cycles.  What of Floridians
    who never see snow?  What of obsessive-compulsive nomads who
    coordinate their travel north and south in order to never experience
    any seasonal fluctuations?  What of the Mysophobe family who
    never leaves their home and is oblivious to the weather outside?
     Do the lifestyles of these people disqualify them from earning
    rights?

    Are the commonly used ceiling numbers
    of sixteen, eighteen, twenty-one, and twenty-five arbitrary?  The
    PhD snobs will cite large-scale studies with fancy statistics related
    to probabilities and standard deviations, but unless they cite a
    100% probability of failure, the restrictions are incompatible with
    civilized society, and are therefore arbitrary.  Is it legitimate
    for the state to grant us rights so gradually?  It is not within
    the state’s authority to grant any rights at all.  Rights cannot
    be granted, traded, or sold.  We are born with the same rights
    we die with, whether we want them or not.

    Americans gathered in colonies and
    created their own states.  Then the states created the federal
    government, framed within the Constitution they authored.  How
    could something of our own creation turn around and convincingly
    pretend to grant us something we already have?  Besides, nothing
    new or additional has been created.  A portion of society has
    simply been siphoned off and tossed into the category of government
    to provide the people with organized collective force with the purpose
    of maximizing liberty by punishing injustice.

    But now the wolves of democracy
    have a stranglehold in the civil war against America’s youth.  
    What is the solution?

    All government-sanctioned age qualifications
    need to be erased from big brother’s books.  All of these heinous
    laws must be declared null and void.  They are incompatible
    with civilized society.

    When does adulthood really begin?
     It doesn’t matter.  There is no sudden instant when you
    become an adult, just as there was no specific instant when man
    evolved from its preceding species.  One logical definition
    of adulthood that has been given is when a person moves out of their
    parents’ home and into their own, beginning to live independently.
     It is a nice definition, but government intrusion through
    laws and propaganda distorts the natural timing of this event.  Therefore,
    this definition cannot be used for legal purposes.  The only
    solution is to abolish government-declared childhood*!

    *Not to be confused with the natural
    period of human development, for only a socialist would attempt
    to abolish nature!

    November
    8, 2010

    Barry Kuzay [send
    him mail
    ] is a civil
    engineer, freelance neoclassical musician, and libertarian activist
    living in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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