How March Madness has made you an agorist and you didn’t even know it.

Nothing is too small for the government to quibble over. Not collecting taxes from teenage girls for babysitting, not the size of your soft drinks, and sure as shit not your office NCAA basketball brackets.

I don’t care about sports, at al. I don’t watch them, I don’t go to the games (which makes me a big curmudgeon when the try to pass tax increases to fund stadiums) in fact I was unaware of any the madness that occurs in March till recently.

In the great utopian state of Minnesota where I reside, the gambling Board took the time earlier this week to remind the proles that self-funded office brackets are in fact gambling, by state law. And that you’d be breaking the law by participating. Never mind the fact that the State runs lotteries every week, just racking in the cash. No conflict of interest there, right?

The state agent went on to say, that they believe many people were unaware that would be breaking the law. But, it’s thought that tens of thousands of Minnesotans participate in these sorted, back alley type of transactions each year. And this is much to the bewilderment and dismay of benevolent tax collectors.

I’m sure most people know, and even if they don’t, they still wouldn’t care. Everyone is an agorist in the dark, especially during March Madness.

One thought on “How March Madness has made you an agorist and you didn’t even know it.

  1. The US is dying from a million cuts. Part of the reason the USA is a nanny police state now is that whenever there is a problem, the kneejerk reaction in the US is to call for a new law.

    Nanny state laws are not the best solution, however. Nanny state laws lead to more laws, higher fines, and tougher sentences. Thirty years ago, DWI laws were enacted that led to DWI checkpoints and lower DWI levels. Seatbelt laws led to backseat seatbelt laws, childseat laws, and pet seatbelt laws. Car liability insurance laws led to health insurance laws and gun liability laws. Smoking laws that banned smoking in buildings led to laws against smoking in parks and then bans against smoking in entire cities. Sex offender registration laws led to sex offender restriction laws and violent offender registration laws.

    Nanny state laws don’t make us safer, either. Nanny state laws lead people to be careless since they don’t need to have personal responsibility anymore. People don’t need to be careful crossing the street now because drunk-driving has been outlawed and driving while using a cellphone is illegal. People don’t investigate companies or carry out due diligence because businesses must have business licenses now.

    The main point of nanny state laws is not safety. The main purpose of more laws is revenue generation for the state.

    Many laws are contradictory, too. Some laws say watering lawns is required, while other laws say watering lawns is illegal.

    Many nanny state laws that aim to solve a problem can be fixed by using existing laws. If assault is already illegal, why do we need a new law that outlaws hitting umpires?

    Nanny state laws are not even necessary. If everything was legal would you steal, murder, and use crack cocaine? Aren’t there other ways to solve problems besides calling the police? Couldn’t people talk to people who bother them? Couldn’t people be sued for annoying behavior? Couldn’t people just move away? Even if assault was legal, wouldn’t attackers risk being killed or injured, too? Having no laws doesn’t mean actions have no consequences.

    If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    We don’t need thousands of laws when we only need 10.

    Freedom is not just a one way street. You can only have freedom for yourself if you allow others to have it.

    Think. Question everything.

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