Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Lindsay Perigo: No Dancing!

- Lindsay Perigo's daily editorials can be heard on his 'Politically Incorrect Show' weekdays at noon on Radio Pacific, or downloaded at http://www.freeradical.co.nz

Lindsay Perigo: No Dancing!

Every day I receive by e-mail a digest of news compiled by an organisation called the Freedom Foundation. This digest has links to freedom-related stories from all over the globe. It's a salutary daily reminder to me that the plague of politicians & bureaucrats is not confined to the Sheeple's Republic of Aotearoa. Overseas stories come in that reek of such mind-boggling petty-fascism that Aotearoa starts to look like the libertarian Promised Land. (Well ...)

An example was a story yesterday from a town in West Virginia, USA, called Pound. For years, Pound had an ordinance forbidding dancing in public without a permit. Permits were not to be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character." Then the owner of a restaurant, the Golden Pine, got the ordinance thrown out as unconstitutional - whereupon the Town Council enacted a new one that would pass constitutional muster, to the loud approval of the local God Squad. A Church of Christ evangelist, Tim Shepherd, quoted by Chris Kahn of Associated Press, says, "I can never see a time when dancing can be approved of, especially with people who are not married. Dancing is one of those things that entices. It imitates sexual contact."

Notwithstanding the ban, hundreds of people - college kids, coal-miners, old-timers - get together at the Golden Pine every Saturday night & dance the night away, smoking cigarettes as they do so. The authorities are preparing to pounce. The local police chief says, "We're planning something, but I can't go into detail right now." The town attorney says the owner of the Golden Pine can expect a court summons any day now.

Evidently there are similar bans in lots of other small towns, but they're found in antiquated sections of legal code that are, mercifully, never enforced. The zealous religionists of Pound are, it seems, intent on being the exception. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this can happen in America. When I was in Huntington Beach, California, one Independence Day, the local authorities had decided to honour the rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness laid down in the Declaration of Independence with a ban on drinking alcohol on one's front lawn. Some friends & I sat on their front lawn & drank ourselves silly. And I suppose I can contemplate these insanities & smugly say, "It would never happen here."

Can't I?

- For Lindsay Perigo's daily "Politically Incorrect Show" editorials, visit: http://www.freeradical.co.nz or listen to Radio Pacific from noon to 2pm weekdays.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Are Only Old People Likely To Vote For Simon Bridges?

Around the world, young people seem to be gravitating to left wing policies and parties, leaving the old to prop up the conservative parties... the size of the gap suggests there’s more involved to this evolution than the usual clichés about the young being idealistic and the old being more realistic. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Fuss Over The PM’s Pacific Forum Trip

Truly, the abuse being levelled at PM Jacinda Ardern for doing her job at the Pacific Islands Forum shows just how much – and on how many levels – Ardern seems to enrage a goodly number of citizens. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On MP Pay And The REAL P.C. Danger Zone

There has never been anything remotely credible about the way parliamentarians would paint themselves as the helpless victims of the Remuneration Authority when it came to their pay increases... More>>