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Letters to the Editor • Property Rights

Civics: the administrative state

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The things you do with your own property are rights. The things you do with someone else's property are privileges. If i grant you a privelege, i am giving you permission to use my property in a specific way. Lets suppose we're neighbors. One day you see my wheelbarrow and instantly realize you could use my tool to make money... However, Because the wheelbarrow belongs to me, i get to set all the terms of service regarding the use of my property. I can: ask you all about you about your background to make sure im ok with you using my wheelbarrow (application) charge you a fee just to consider the idea (application fee) assign an account number to to you to keep track of the business we do (ss number) Give you or deny you permission to use my wheelbarrow in a certain way for a certain amount of time. (Licenses) Make you report all your earnings related to my wheelbarrow. (W4s and such) Make you keep your receipts for a certain amount of time in case i want to check. (Audit) Get a bite of your profits. (Income/Excise tax) Hire people to police my property to ensure my interests are protected, my policies are being followed, and i am getting my money (all police agencies) If one my police men discover you've broken a rule, i can fine you, and take away your privelege to use my wheelbarrow. (Tickets, license suspensions) And if we disagree about something, i will hold a hearing where you can speak your peace but your rights are limited to those we agreed to in my terms of sevice additionally i or one of my commissioners will be deciding the outcome. (administrative hearing that proceeds according the terms of service) If you disagree with my decision, then you can sue me in court.(court of record which proceeds according to common law) ...But remember, you agreed. *Critical distinction Sherrifs are elected by us the sovereign, while police are hired by our governments. I believe sherrifs are to protect our interests in opposition and superior to police. They are to police the police. This is the position of each government. It sells any power or property it has rightful authority over to those who think they can profit from it. When you exercise one of their privileges, you agree to their terms of service. Very simply then, If you want to avoid their terms of service, with their impositions, limited rights, and slanted administrative hearings then avoid their privileges. So whats stopping the government from passing statutes that make everything anyone does a privelege? "No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefore." MURDOCK V PENNSYLVANIA, 319 U.S. 105 (1943) Further... "If the State converts a right into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right with impunity" (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262)