By Laurence M. Vance – June 12, 2018
Because they can vote for Tweedledum or Tweedledee, the red team or the blue team, or the welfare statist or the warfare statist, Americans think they live in a free society.
They sing that they are proud to be an American “where at least I know I’m free.” They sing the national anthem and roar when it comes to the line about America being “the land of the free.”
Are they free? Is it free?
I recently saw that the first legal bare-knuckle boxing bout in the United States was held in over a hundred years.
A sellout crowd of 2,000 fans plus a pay-per-view audience around the world watched ten bare-knuckle matches, including four heavyweight bouts, on June 2 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on the outskirts of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The fight card included mixed-martial arts fighters, boxers, and street fighters. One of the bouts was between two women. Two doctors were at ringside and two ambulances were parked outside.
The fight rules are similar to professional boxing. Only punching is allowed. There is a referee. There are five, two-minute rounds. There is a standard eight-count and a three-knockdown rule in effect.
Seven of the ten fights were decided by knockout. Only three bouts went past the third round.
The promoter, David Feldman, a former boxer who worked for seven years to legalize bare-knuckle fighting, said he was rejected by 28 states before Wyoming finally agreed to sanction it. The Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts, created in 2012, gave approval for the bare-knuckle fighting in March.
So, what does the reintroduction of bare-knuckle boxing have to do with America being or not being a free society?
No matter how poor, sick, or destitute a man is, if he owns anything, he owns his own body. The state doesn’t own it. Society doesn’t own it. The public doesn’t own it. And neither does some government agency or bureaucrat. As the owner of his body, he should be free to do whatever he wants with it as long as his activities are peaceful, his interactions are consensual, his associations are voluntary, and his actions don’t aggress against the person or property of anyone else.
He should be free to groom it, mutilate it, prostitute it, feed it, starve it, pierce it, strengthen it, cut it, disfigure it, tattoo it, deprive it, alter it, injure it, harm it, pamper it, neglect it, or otherwise use it as he sees fit. Again, as long as his activities are peaceful, his interactions are consensual, his associations are voluntary, and his actions don’t aggress against the person or property of anyone else.
Not being able to publicly, freely, voluntarily, and consensually engage in bare-knuckle boxing with a like-minded individual is a fundamental violation of basic human rights.
And no, I am not trying to be funny.