Links for Monday, September 26, 2011: Gary Johnson Debates; Gibson Guitars Raided; Wall Street Occupied.

  1. For the record, he always was a real candidate.

    I think the biggest threat to our national security is that we’re bankrupt.” (We’re not, technically, but this a nice line to co-opt from the Tea Party.)

    When will the government be “technically bankrupt”? When it files for bankruptcy with itself? Anyway, it’s good to see Gary Johnson getting some press and some airtime. The best line, by the way, was: “My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this president.” Rush Limbaugh apparently said it first.

  2. [Andrea Johnson, director of forest programs for the Environmental Investigation Agency,] defends the Lacey Act and the government’s efforts to enforce it. “Nobody here wants this law to founder on unintended consequences,” she says. “Because ultimately everybody understands that the intent here is to reduce illegal logging and send a signal to the markets that you’ve got to be asking questions and sourcing wood in a responsible way.”

    What constitutes that responsible way may only become clear when the government finally charges Gibson and the company gets the day in court it says it wants so badly.

    Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz claims he the Indian government certified that his wood was harvested legitimately. This did not stop a U.S. government raid. I can understand the people’s desire to protect certain species of things, but at what cost? Raiding without charging? Is this legitimate governance?

    A short lesson on how to think like a libertarian: Whenever you see government environmental regulations designed to prevent some thing or other from going extinct, think: “tragedy of the commons”. Why is this Indian wood being plundered? Could either private ownership or better enforcement of private property rights encourage people to steward the sources of this type of wood better? More research is due.

  3. Don’t let the title fool you: Tamar Gendler rains on Robert Nozick’s parade. I kind of lost interest at “suppose each of us starts out with the same amount of money.” I’m not sure exactly what we’re supposed to glean from thought experiments that begin with such bizarre suppositions. She might as well have begun, “Suppose each of us starts out with our own flying, wish-granting luck dragon.” Wellll, OK!?! So we all start out with the same amount of money. And a luck dragon. What now? 

    Rich people’s campaign donations would not be such a concern if the government actually respected individual liberty. When the government isn’t taking and redistributing people’s money or ordering them around at the threat of force, what is it doing? Perhaps we could talk about other potential threats Wilt may pose to societal health and well-being, but stipulating a state of individual liberty implies that buying out a government predicated on force will no longer be among such threats—that being the purpose of stipulating a state of individual liberty in the first place.

  4. I believe most of these problems do not originate on Wall Street. War? Empire? Police intimidation? Seriously? They should relocate these protests to the various seats of government. Some of these other issues, such as joblessness, wealth inequality, poverty, and profiteering are at least superficially market-related, so I understand the error protesting Wall Street for these purposes.

  5. My friend Nik is right. I have not seen or heard much about this, but then again, I do not watch much television, so I wouldn’t know whether television news has reported it or not. Sure, there are legitimate grievances here. My only request is that they send a satellite group out to Washington D.C., where our financial central planners are mismanaging the money supply and showering Wall Street bankers with unearned fundage. TV not reporting? Consult internet.

  6. The miners took a risk because that is a part of their job. That the government attempted to intervene in their voluntary work arrangement does not turn a workplace accident—even a preventable accident—into murder. I’m not defending any fraud or obstruction on the part of Massey Energy, but those are different issues.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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One Response to Links for Monday, September 26, 2011: Gary Johnson Debates; Gibson Guitars Raided; Wall Street Occupied.

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