The Republican Comstock law of 1873 had leaked across the border into Canada to ban all mention of birth control. Cracks developed in the censorship in November 1967 when Canada and the rest of the UK voted on the legality of birth control. A joker (rider) injected into Canadian law political power to ban drugs such as LSD. This was based on the same sort of pseudoscience and superstition that censored information on birth control in the first place. It was a tit-for-tat utilitarian monster compromise, betraying one individual right to prolong another–back before there was a Libertarian Party on either side of the northern border.
Not so long before Hitler’s National Socialism was penned as a platform in 1920, American President Theodore Roosevelt took pen in hand to argue that women ought to be forced into involuntary labor. Roosevelt’s “race suicide letter” was the Republican inspiration for Hitler in 1920 and Romanian dictator Ceausescu in 1966. Ceausescu’s coercion of women made it urgent that Canada act to at least partially enforce individual rights. The American Libertarian Party’s surprise victory in getting the Supreme Court to use the Overpopulation plank to strike down Comstock laws on our side of the border. This set the stage for individual rights for women in the UK and Dominions. All of Canada’s remaining abortion laws were struck down soon after the Libertarian Roe v Wade decision.
Theodore Roosevelt, enforcer of Comstock legislation pleasing to the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice in the 1890s, waxed eloquent on the subject of “race suicide” in an October 1902 letter:
But the man or woman who deliberately avoids marriage, and has a heart so cold as to know no passion and a brain so shallow and selfish as to dislike having children, is in effect a criminal against the race, and should be an object of contemptuous abhorrence by all healthy people.
This sentiment was parroted by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania, who saw to the prosecution of the victimless “criminals” invented by Teddy Roosevelt. Ceausescu asserted:
Anyone who avoids having children is a deserter who abandons the laws of national continuity.
You know what governments do to deserters, right? The dictatorship even charged a celibacy tax, and tax evasion under communism is up there with heresy under Sharia law.
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Much of the political strife of the Prohibition era, and its economic consequences, are covered in Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. Live on Amazon Kindle in two languages