Friday, February 19, 2016

"Everybody for President."

"1. The Guns and Dope Party. 

Robert Anton Wilson was a patron saint of the countercultural underground and Jack-of-all-writerly-trades, serving as associate editor of Playboy from 1965-'71 and authoring some 35 books, including The Illuminatus! Trilogy, co-written with Robert Shea. Wilson gave us the concept of “model agnosticism,” which holds that nothing should be regarded with absolute belief or denial, and once said, “My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone but agnosticism about everything." 

In the early 1980s, Wilson founded the anarcho-libertarian Guns and Dope Party, which advocates, 
“(1) guns for those who want them, no guns forced on those who don't want them (pacifists, Quakers etc.); 
(2) drugs for those who want them, no drugs forced on those who don't want them (Christian Scientists, etc.); 
(3) an end to Tsarism and a return to constitutional democracy; and 
(4) equal rights for ostriches.” 

 In direct contrast to the Birthday Party, which promotes Nobody for President, the Guns and Dope Party platform is Everybody for President, and encourages us all to write in our own names at every election. The party also suggests everyone become a “genuine and authorized” tsar, a feat achieved by printing out a free card. Plus, its motto is one anyone could get on board with: "Like what you like, enjoy what you enjoy, don't be afraid to make slurping sounds, and don't take crap from anybody.”"

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