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Letters from the DMZ is an attempt to provide a venue for free (local) discussion of issues related to culture, politics, and philosophy. The DMZ is a layman’s debate society in the Detroit area designed to foster thought and free discussion in a culture where that is becoming increasingly impossible. A demilitarized zone is an area where treaties and agreements are made and military personnel are restricted. The DMZ is a space to discuss contemporary issues but it is no safe space. This is a space to risk being offended, challenged, and given opportunity to use reason, logic, and evidence to support your views and if not successful, challenged to alter them.

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Absurdity of Laws

How we use force of law to plunder our neighbor instead of love our neighbor

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In 1696, the legislature of Britain implemented a window-tax. The more windows you had, the more you had to pay. If you were wealthy enough to own a home in London that had a lot of windows then you can pay your fair share (for the common good, of course). Some variation of this law existed for about 150 years. This (even if well-meaning) tax was a swing at the rich but these laws rarely hit their targets. Those with the means just boarded up their windows with bricks leaving a legacy of absurdity making both air and light a government service to pay for. When the law is used to target the rich, it rarely hits the target. In this case, a large tenant building full of middle and lower-class renters would get taxed heavily. The owner would pass the cost down to the tenants. A swing and a miss.

One absurd law played out requires another absurdity to fix it. A similar tax was placed on the number of fireplaces and the number of bricks used to build a home. This, in turn resulted in bricked up hearths, cold residents, and building houses with over-sized bricks. It is not that all laws are absurd. Undeniable laws exist naturally and organically. These natural laws govern all human activity. Natural laws are based on the responsibilities of the individual to bear the image of God. This requires certain rights in order to execute those responsibilities. These rights include the right to your own life. Not being killed. They include the right to your freedom. Not being enslaved. They include the right to property. Property is what you did with your right to life and freedom in the past. Not being robbed or plundered.

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Steve Schlichter:

Why would God allow this to be added?

From the 4th Century to the King...
Steve Schlichter:

Testing, Testing, Testing

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