Item description for Ain'T Nobody'S Business If You Do by Peter McWilliams...
Overview APG Sales And Distrbiution A refresher course on rights and personal freedom. What is your position on prostitution, pornography, gambling and other victimless crimes? This book will make readers consider their rights and the rights of others in a more humanistic and caring way.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 1996
Publisher Mary Books
ISBN 192976717X ISBN13 9781929767175
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More About Peter McWilliams
McWilliams was a self-help pioneer who later became an advocate for medical marijuana.
Peter McWilliams lived in Los Angeles, in the state of California. Peter McWilliams was born in 1949 and died in 2000.
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If you read one book on the subject... Aug 8, 2008
Make it this one. This is hands down the best book on the topic. It beautifully (sometimes amusingly) goes over each argument for and against the idea of not just decriminalizing but legalizing consensual crimes.
Its a very easy read, with large font and interesting quotes from surprisingly supportive historical figures such as John Adams, Reagan advisors, bush advisors, and George Washington.
Cocktail party-level analysis of law vs. privacy May 23, 2008
This is not a Libertarian Political Book. Libertarians want to reform government so that all it does is provide an army, and privatize everything else. The "Libertarian" movement is mostly just selfish people who don't want to pay taxes plus businesses who want to pollute and otherwise cheat without government interference. I'm not a fan of either. This book is a shallow study in privacy and freedom, in terms of "what can we still do behind closed doors without getting arrested." The premise is that we should be able to do anything we want so long as it does not affect other people, it does not involve coercion, and it does not involve children. The people behind these arguments are usually gays, johns and/or pot smokers. (I guess you could be all 3) Each of these groups is willing to excuse the other groups' behavior in the name of protecting their own. This author provides fairly witty observations, historical and personal, on various vices that are currently illegal to different degrees. He avoids the larger question, however: whether we are or are not our brothers' keepers, and if so, why? If we are all part of the web of humanity, each of us nodes of a larger collective consciousness, is there any way we can justify another person's drug use, mental illness, prostitution, or self abuse? If the bell tolls for me, and we are all one, then my government (of the people by the people and for the people) should intervene to avoid psychological or physical injury. Human compassion, robed in reigion or simply humanism, seems to demand as much. Do we want to be free to isolate ourselves from each other? Should we really protect privacy as much as we do? What end does that serve? Our laws on sex and drugs should be immensly relaxed and reformed; however, are we following the golden rule by looking the other way while someone drowns? The immense scope of this book prohibits any real insight - it is peppered with aphorisms and quotes, and it is a comprehensive summary of vice laws, their history, and their fallacies, but it is one-sided. Readers seeking ammunition for cocktail party-level discussions of pot decriminalization and gay rights will find this book useful. Anyone seriously concerned with public policy will not.
Great book! Apr 6, 2008
When I first got this book I was a little intimidated by the size but once I started reading I had a hard time stopping. It's a book that you can jump around in so don't feel the need to read it all at once or all the chapters in order. Well written and the author has a lot of facts to back him up. Totally recommend it!
Devastating indictment of the state's assault on personal freedom Mar 26, 2008
Peter's cannabis activism, as evident by Ain't Nobody's Business, was a large part of the government's rationale for killing him: "How dare anyone write a book claiming the drug war is immoral and ineffectual, and that it mercilessly destroys innocent lives."
"We're in a war. People who smoke pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason. They shouldn't be arrested, they should be taken out and shot." -- Daryl Gates, former Los Angeles Police Chief (and ultimate whack job)
Peter was a casualty of that war, I'm increasingly convinced not as collateral damage but as a intentional target of the enemy.
Peter never stooped to the brutality of his tormentors; he held to the end that these officials who imposed and applied such draconian restrictions while Peter awaited sentencing were only well-meaning pawns in a silly policy. "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Even though John Stossel managed to air a positive 20/20 segment on Peter's plight shortly before Peter died, virtually no one in the controlled media elevated the story to where it belongs: the saga of Peter McWilliams, late-20th-century Ghandi for personal liberty.
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One of the greatest books ever written Oct 21, 2007
This has got to be one of the greatest books ever written. If anything makes sense to me, as to why this country is in the state it is, it what's written in this book.
Peter McWilliams isn't out to push consensual crimes. Only show why people shouldn't be sitting in jail for smoking a joint. "Use is not abuse." Or why there shouldn't be a law against a man and wife engaging in oral sex. Which at the time this book was published was illegal in 14 states. I've shaken my head in disbelief at the "Absurdity of Consensual Crimes" my whole life. I'm glad someone has been able to put all this together in one place. I'm glad it was Peter. He has done a great job getting his point across in the simplest manner possible.