So as you all may know today residents of California get to vote on Proposition 19(lucky bastards). As we also all know Gmail is an immensely useful email client, but what we might have not known is that the creator of it was awesome. Paul Buchheit, who is also responsible for google’s famous slogan: “don’t be evil” and Adsense, donated $100,000 to support Prop 19 over the weekend. He is holding up his end of the “don’t be evil” bargain….. Good man
Here is part of what he had to say about it on his blog:
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Philosophically, I agree with that. However, if we don’t feel safe, if we can’t go out in public without fearing for our lives and the lives of our family, then we aren’t really free. Since becoming a parent, I’ve come to understand why parents often seem especially fearful. Our children are so precious to us, and we must keep them safe. I can understand the impulse to simply make more rules, to build taller walls, and to lockup anyone who seems scary.
I think the real point of Benjamin Franklin’s quote is that when we destroy freedom, we are ultimately destroying safety as well. This is most apparent when we examine the disastrous effects of drug prohibition.
Not only is prohibition an attack on our basic right to control our own bodies and minds (a philosophical point which most people probably don’t care about), but prohibition also provides a multi-billion dollar subsidy to violent criminal organizations that threaten our physical safety and security, something everyone cares about.
Now that’s real. And like any other issue there’s two sides, the people who are ready for change and our progression as people(potheads) and snakes that profit from prohibition(not potheads).
I vote Yes on 19.