As many of you would know, one of public policy issues that really, really, really annoys me is the move to ban smoking on private property (particularly in bars &c). It is a move towards nanny-state soft-totalitarianism, and is a fundamental violation of the private property rights on which liberal democracies are based upon.
Some of you may have seen the case of Nick Hogan the other day. Nick Hogan, a publican in the UK, was sentence to 6 months in prison for refusing to pay a 10,000 pound fine for breaching regulations prohibiting smoking bans. My initial reaction was “I would pay money to support this martyr to the cause”. And, the more I read online, the more I realised a lot of other people would also.
Unfortunately, there exists no structure at the moment for opponents of smoking bans to assist patriots like Nick Hogan. There is no centralised legal defense fund that seeks out cases of people either challenging smoking bans, or being unfairly prosecuted (persecuted?) under them.
So I want to set one up.
I’m currently working with a few people with the idea of setting up a 501(c)(3) charitable organisation dedicated to providing legal assistance to persons engaged in litigation on this rather significant issue. Personally, I think that this is something quite necessary (whilst numerous legal funds have been set to fund individual cases, there is no centralized organization to dispense funds to the most pressing cases), and something that will raise a significant amount of funds, as well as generate a good amount of earned media.
So, that’s my idea. From you, my good readers, I ask two things: 1)What are your thoughts, do you think it will work &c., and 2)Are you willing to help out the cause of freedom.