At the risk of belaboring the obvious, the article describes the efforts of a critic of hate-crimes laws.  He objects to laws that hand out extra punishment if the motive was hatred of the victim's ethnicity or religion, so to lampoon those laws he is introducing one that punishes hatred of capitalism.

At 09:54 PM 2/21/01 +0000, you wrote:

Here's about special laws to increase punishment if crimes are done for 
"anti-capitalism" reasons.


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An Oregon Bill proposes an additional five years in prison for an offender
whose crime is motivated by "a hatred of people who subscribe to a set of
political beliefs that support capitalism ....."
Oregon Legislator Seeks Sweeping Hate Crime Laws
February 10, 2001, 02:00 PM
By AP saff

An Oregon legislator has introduced a bill that could make it a hate crime
to smash a Starbucks window or sabotage a timber company. While the bill
would expand hate crimes to include eco-terrorists, Sen. Gary George,
R-Newberg, says his real target is political correctness.

"Even the Scriptures tells you not to judge a person's thoughts but their
actions," George said, "and that's what's always bothered me about this
crime. . . . It seems to be the ultimate in political correctness."

The bill calls for an additional five years in prison for an offender
whose crime is motivated by "a hatred of people who subscribe to a set of
political beliefs that support capitalism and the needs of people with
respect to their balance with nature."

The idea for the bill came from Eric Winters, a Portland lawyer active
with a group of Libertarians called the Mainstream Liberty Caucus. He took
his proposal to Richard Burke, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor
who is now on George's staff.

"You should be punished for the harm you cause, and you shouldn't be
punished extra just because you don't like someone's racial background,"
Burke said. "We shouldn't put people in jail for bein bigots or for being
environmentally conscious or for not liking the WTO."

Randy Blazak, a Portland State University sociology professor who will
speak at the Oregon Hate Crimes Conference, counters that society
routinely takes into account an accused criminal's intent. "The fact is,
we punish people for what they are thinking," he said. "We do that
already. We say, 'Did you plot to kill this person or were you drunk?' "

Copies of George's bill were circulated through the Capitol on Friday, two
days before a statewide conference on hate crimes is scheduled in Eugene.
The keynote speaker will be Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard,
the gay Wyoming college student beaten to death in 1998. Two young men
received life sentences in 1999 for Shepard's death, which led to demands
for tougher state and federal hate-crime laws.

Oregon has a series of laws covering hate crimes. People accused of crimes
such as vandalism and assault can face tougher penalties if the crimes
were based on a person's perceived "race, color, religion, national origin
or sexual orientation."

George, a hazelnut farmer, says if criminals can be singled out for crimes
motivated by racism or anti-religious sentiment, he sees no reason not to
include crimes against capitalism.

"I think this is a growing problem, and we thought there needed to be a
vehicle to discuss the issue of eco-terrorism."

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