It’s not often that the Guardian offers me something of interest, but this is just bizarre…
The media call Gough the Naked Rambler. He’s serving 657 days for a breach of the peace and contempt of court. The breach was leaving HMP Perth naked after finishing a previous sentence. He was taken to Perth sheriff court, and represented himself naked. That was the contempt. When he returned to the prison, the cell was just as he’d left it – he hadn’t bothered to pack.
Gough’s latest conviction is his 17th in 10 years. Since May 2006 he has been in a run of short sentences broken by the same fleeting freedom: he’s effectively been in custody for nearly six years for refusing to get dressed. At a recent hearing, it was suggested he could be in prison for the rest of his life. “People often have to go to prison for many years,” he said, “before others see the light.”
Seriously if society can’t cope with a man who is stupid enough to walk around naked in the freezing cold, what can it cope with?
I genuinely believe that if we don’t allow the oddballs and eccentrics of this World the freedom to experiment we’re not going to get very far as a society. Remember Steve Jobs was a complete fruit cake and he built one of the World’s greatest companies.
Give the full post a read and share your thoughts because it’s a very interesting issue from a Libertarian perspective.