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FDA, hand, sanitize, virus, pandemic,

Name Your FDA Poison

We’re dealing with a pandemic, here, and the Food and Drug Administration insists upon poisoning us. Or, more accurately, the FDA sticks to Prohibition-Era poisoning schemes, no matter how unreasonable or counter-productive. Private enterprise is stepping up to the plate. “Local distilleries like Restorative Republic and rum-maker Cotton & Reed

Thomas Massie, Coronavirus, pandemic, virus, House of Representatives, Congress,

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Quorum

On Friday, the talking heads and Twitterati excoriating Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kent.) were so scandalized that they couldn’t quite get to telling us what terrible thing he had done. “GOP’s Massie outrages House,” screamed The Washington Post headline. The paper informed that “the Republican from northern Kentucky has frequently voted

How Un-Warlike

It’s war! A common refrain regarding the coronavirus. “This is our World War II,” say media mavens and politicians . . . who have never had to endure anything like World War II. The utter vapidity of the “war” response was explained very well by Peter Schiff on a recent

freedom, prohibition, rules, regulations, red tape, bureaucracy,

The Exceptions Disprove the Rules

“I’ve instructed my prosecutors not to charge certain low-level nonviolent offenses to avoid people being held in jail unnecessarily,” Maryland’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby informed the state’s Republican governor. She also urged the governor “to release all inmates in state prisons who are over 60,” explains The Washington Times, “approved

plastic, environmentalism, California, law, prohibitions, bans,

Are We Graduating from Plastic?

In The Graduate (1967), the young man played by Dustin Hoffman gets advice from an elder. “Just one word: plastics.” “Exactly how do you mean, sir?” “There’s a great future in plastics.” When the world bans all plastic in 2021, that will be the end of that market opportunity. Other

Oregon, licensing, Mat, traffic,

Engineering Government Limits

Lord Acton’s Law of Power states the chief problem of government: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It has broad application. Take traffic lights. They are there to prevent accidents and make navigating roads a better experience for all. The basic idea is to establish and enforce

zoning, regulations,

Zoned Out

There are ways of cultivating community standards without resorting to zoning and similar regulatory regimens by state and local governments. They have been studied, written about, and they can be found here and there around the country, though most famously in Houston, Texas. But zoning’s the norm in urban and

All the Tyranny in China

Are you going to make a big fuss? I mean, about China — dominated by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Because some people get all bent out of shape over their totalitarian government placing a million or two Muslim Uighurs into re-education camps surrounded by high walls and razor

Bernie Sanders, communism, socialism,

The C-Word Emerges

“We’re not going to throw out capitalism,” declared Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor now seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.  “Other countries tried that. It was called communism and it just didn’t work.” Bloomberg was responding to a question by MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson at Wednesday

Save Me, Good and Hard

The problem with making my own decisions? I might make a mistake. That’s not good for me, is it? So what you government boys ought to do is make me scrape and bow and beg for permission. Make me fill out more forms, struggle with invasive new privacy-invading requirements. Make

Texas, California, democracy, migration, immigration,

Ex-Californians

California, “the U.S. state most synonymous with all varieties of growth — vegetal, technological, and human — is at the precipice of its first-ever population decline,” writes Derek Thompson of The Atlantic. And folks in other states like Texas and Idaho are none too happy.  You see, the Californians fleeing

California, socialism, labor, progressivism, Democrats

The Anti-Worker Ism

Progressives who lean socialist used to hide their worst intentions. Now they are letting it all hang out. There have always been overt socialists in the U.S., of course. They would sometimes protest the reluctance of fellow travelers to fully embrace socialism’s moniker. But the sentiment “Ah, screw it, let’s

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