macrophage68 wrote:One important point; no one deserves to get busted. No one. They might take actions that make it more likely, but no one deserves to get busted.
Um yes, they do.
Whether or not you agree with the laws does not alter the fact that the laws still exist and will be enforced by some element of law enforcement when a law is broken in front of them.
This thread is a typical rinse and repeat of the annual bitching about law enforcement presence at Burning Man. It is also the typical rinse and repeat of people bitching about how their own stupidity got them busted for breaking the law in the presence of law enforcement.
And despite the number of people jumping on Unjon over some of his viewpoints, he is pretty much dead on in the fact that someone breaking the law, that is either not used to breaking the law or is paranoid about breaking the law while they are doing it, will typically act in a manner that will single them out to someone with an experienced eye looking for it.
This is a free fucking country. Let's take it back, at the ballot box, by speaking up, by writing our elected representatives, by attending rallies.
And those are all good things. Problem is, until you get the majority of the nation on your side, advocating for the same thing, you will not be making much headway.
The Drug War is an abomination, and un-American. Just like the ending of slavery, the onset of women's suffrage, the end of Jim Crow, and the ongoing struggle to recognize gays are equal citizens and humans, we'll win this one in the end.
Maybe, maybe not. There are a lot of corporate donors and law enforcement lobbies out there that are far more interested (and writing much bigger checks to our elected officials) in keeping the WOD running right along.
If you hear someone saying oh he was stupid he shoulda known better, you're just listening to some poor soul who has bought into the drug war.
No one deserves to get busted.
No, you'll see someone that has the ability to apply basic common sense to their decision making process when they are breaking the law in the presence of law enforcement.
And yes, firing up a joint in the open, be it at Burning Man or on your front porch is stupid and you have no one to blame but yourself if such actions end up in you getting arrested or cited for doing so. Radical self reliance means accepting the consequences of your actions. Be it getting popped for drug use or breaking a leg falling off an art car, your actions are the root cause for the consequences incurred from them.
Playawaste Raiders cordially invites you to suck it.