Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

Bigotry and intolerance come in many forms. And they come around again and again. A bizarre New York Timesnews story” demonstrates this:

Baghdad has weathered invasion, occupation, sectarian warfare and suicide bombers. But now it faces a new scourge: tastelessness.

Ah, the last twist of the knife! After all the bloodshed and tyranny, Iraqis celebrate newness with color:

In downtown Baghdad, a police headquarters has been painted two shades of purple: lilac and grape. The central bank, a staid building in many countries, is coated in bright red candy cane stripes.

The reporters list many examples.

Matt Welch, at Reason magazine’s Hit & Run, has choice words for this particular article: “obnoxious” and “contemptible” and “latent ‘taste racism.’”

Put me in Matt’s camp. Aesthetic intolerance like this is ugly.

Contrary to the New York Times, the so-called color-crazed Iraqi people have latched onto a good thing: Property rights. You see, says a quoted expert, their mentality is “that you have to be the owner of your building, and you do what you want with it. But there are no government regulations like in Paris or Rome. It’s anarchy of taste.”

Oh, how shocking.

But is our tyranny of taste in towns and cities in the western world better? We have busybody City Councils and nasty neighbors telling you that you’ve painted your house the wrong shade of brown.

Freedom should be celebrated in many colors, including colors that annoy writers for the New York Times.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. James says:

    What people do with their freedom is a great predictor of how long it’ll last.

    Freedom has a purpose, after all. It is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end. Properly used, it propels a people to greatness. Misused, it becomes a means of its own destruction, as a culture and society decay to such an extent that the people themselves cry out for someone to rule over them. This is natural law in action.

    This is not to say that Iraqis painting their banks with candy-stripes signals their downfall. But then again, the greatness of Athens was not found in “lilac and grape”. 😉

  2. Drik says:

    As a bellwether, if it annoys the New York Times, it is probably an activity that is in a good direction.

  3. […] Baghdad has weathered invasion, occupation, sectarian warfare and suicide bombers. But now it faces a new scourge: tastelessness…. […]

  4. MoreFreedom says:

    I look forward to seeing more innovative and artistic paint jobs. Give them some freedom and you might be surprised what they come up with (both good and bad). The paint jobs will reflect the building’s owner. Lem they fly their colors.

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