Are libertarians just Ayn Rand-obsessed pot smokers who want to
hide their money from the tax man? That’s what many critics of the
libertarian movement, and its
seemingly looming moment in American history (as reported by
the New York Times) would have you believe. But maybe
we’re smoking that grass because we’re all too aware of what
government officials do with that money (and to us all)
when they get their hands on it (Ayn Rand did provide some
cautionary tales, if you care to read her books).
Credit: Joel Page/Press Herald Staff PhotographerThe Portland (Maine)
Press Herald had a fun slice-of-life feature on their hands.
They found a woman, Reilly Harvey, who takes a small boat out into
the state’s waters full of delicious homemade pies and entire
lobster dinners to sell to boaters.
Here’s a quick, mouth-watering description:
As my colleague and
co-author Matt Welch
has noted, The New York Times Magazine has had the
temerity to ask, “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?”
(the first time it waded into such territory was in 1971, when Stan
Lehr and Louis Rossetto (the latter of whom would go on to co-found
Wired magazine in the early ’90s) touted libertarianism as
the next big youth movement).
It’s kind of like when terrorists take hostages, if you start
negotiating with them then they start kidnapping more camera crews.
We figured let’s save the next camera crew, and we’ll take the duck
tape and the zip ties.
Act Two culminated in President Harry Truman’s two
gratuitous atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 69th anniversaries of which are also
observed this week. As has often been pointed out, without World
War I (and especially Woodrow Wilson’s entry into it in 1917),
there would have been no World War II — nor any of the other major
consequences that inflicted so much death and mayhem to the 20th
century and beyond: among them the Bolshevik Revolution, which
brought Lenin and then Stalin to power; Hitler’s rise in Germany;
the Holocaust; China’s fall to communism and Mao Zedong; and the
Cold War. (For an example of how the world still suffers the
consequences of the Act One, see my “The
Middle East Harvests Bitter Imperial Fruit.”)
The pattern has been repeated enough as to appear obvious.
Whether it’s with added trans fat or added sugar, salt, or
caffeine, the FDA’s actions are improper, inconsistent, and
indefensible. The FDA’s growing crackdown on added food ingredients
just doesn’t add up.
However, Crawford’s girlfriend—who dropped him off at the store
moments before the shooting—claims he wasn’t carrying a gun and
didn’t even own one. Media reports are now suggesting that the
weapon was actually a fake: an airsoft rifle, which was sold in the
sporting goods section of that very same Walmart.
A good reminder to heed the work of British sociologist Stuart
Hall and similar communication scholars: Never assume your audience
will take away what you intend for them to take away. Between the
in Hall-speak) and the receiving (“decoding”) of a message,
there’s a lot of space for conscious or unconscious fears and
prejudices to meander in.
Nearby store employees see the children as “unattended.” And
that is when the cops get involved, of course. As
In his victory speech, Amash called on Ellis to apologize.
Nonetheless, in a
country that arrests parents for taking their eyes off their kids
anytime before they’re legally old enough to join the Army, Juarez
is now considered a criminal.
It would be nice to call these isolated incidents.
Unfortunately, they are anything but. Police officers shoot dogs
with dismaying regularity. The story about Apollo ran on July 28.
The next day The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported: “A
DeKalb County police officer resigned Monday after coming under
fire for shooting a resident’s German shepherd and then blocking
the owner from taking the dog to the vet. Doctor, a 9-year-old
family pet, surprised Officer David Anthony Pitts who had come to
the house on Mary Lou Lane near Decatur on Thursday because of a
false alarm. The officer shot the dog in the face.”
Having secured the Republican nomination, Amash is all but
guaranteed to be re-elected in November. Undeniable good news: It
seems a libertarian Congressman can fight an uncompromising battle
against big government and big business and keep his seat, after
Members of Congress may want to
check if their staffers are actually hard at work on their
computers, because a few people (but mostly one prolific
individual) seem to spend their days trolling Wikipedia. Today, the
site has been edited at about 20 times by people with congressional
Denver WranglerA Denver bar has been cited by
the state’s Division of Civil Rights for discrimination because it
refused to let a gay man dressed in drag enter. The bar is the
Denver Wrangler, and
despite what its name might suggest, it is not some Country Western
joint. It is, in fact, a gay bar. So the state has determined that
a gay bar has discriminated against a gay person.
Barry Township PD Facebook pageBarry Township, Michigan, with
a population of about 4,000, has four full-time
police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two
armored personnel carriers (free, courtesy of the
Defense Department’s 1033 program)—and, until recently, about
three dozen unpaid but armed and empowered reserve police officers
patrolling the streets. All those cops need to find something to do
with themselves, and many of the people of Barry Township are more
than a bit bent out of shape that they’ve been on the receiving end
of that something.
Would be easier to go along and get along
I’ve got a piece
about The Blithedale Romance over at Barron’s.
I’m making the case that the novel is a not only a great and
neglected meditation on the very essence of America as an
“intentional community,” it’s actually pretty damn funny
too.And Zenobia, one of the book’s flawed protagonists, is
simply one of the great female characters in all of our national
literature (so is the narrator, a writer-blocked poet named Miles
joker1020 / FoterFear no more that
heart-in-throat moment when a police officer knocks on your
driver’s side window and you think to yourself, “oh shit. Now
what?” Because the answer is to just put the car in gear and cruise
away—at least, if you live in Wisconsin. Earlier this month, the
state’s Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and
of itself give people reason to assume they’ve been detained, so
they’re free to go about their business.
To read the rest of the Post’s report, go
here. For more on the problem of death-row errors, go here.