Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Red Tape Times (article 7)

Growing your own vegetables is a right and no you don't need a permit for that

The 11th circuit court judge of Florida, Monica Gordo, upheld a Miami Shores ordinance that prohibits residents from growing vegetable gardens in their front yard. The case was appealed by homeowners Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, who had grown vegetables in their front yard for 17 years. In Monica Gordo's opinion growing your own food is not a 'right' and dictating aesthetics is a legitimate purpose of government.

The Bill of rights is not an exhaustive list of rights, in fact it is not really a list of rights so much as it is a list of restrictions on federal power. A right, if we are to be consistent, is not whatever the government says it is, otherwise the word would be completely meaningless; the number and definition of rights would change like the tides depending on whether any of them presented an inconvenience or nuance to the political class. A right is 1) a normative claim and 2) an implication of moral law: the law of equal liberty. An activity, like growing a vegetable garden in one's own front yard, is a right if it does not violate equal liberty, that is to say, it does not prevent others from exercising the same freedom to act as they wish on their own property. It is plainly obvious that growing a vegetable garden in one's own front yard does not prevent others from exercising the same freedom to act as they wish, in their own front yards or on the side walk or in the street, and therefore can be considered a right. Growing your own vegetables, in your own front yard, is not only a right, it is in the best interest of society that people should grow their own food instead of buying glyphosate laced food from subsidized agribusinesses. The legitimate purpose of government is the administration of justice not aesthetics. Leave aesthetics to the artists and philosophers.

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