I don’t have a strong opinion about single-contractor trash collection versus free market trash collection, but this made me laugh:
One of my earliest blog-buddies, Kip Esquire, used to have a running feature called “Kip’s Law Sighting.” Kip’s Law is simply described as: “Every advocate of central planning always — always — envisions himself as the central planner.”
This paragraph, in only a few sentences, demonstrates why libertarians will never be anything more than conservatives’ nerdy younger brothers. Nobody wants to listen to somebody named “Kip Esquire” run a regular feature about a wordy law he named after himself, just as nobody wants to listen to an extra from “Cruising” expound about Austrian economics. I know, I know, several of you will tell me that Kip Esquire was a minor character in The Fountainhead or Neal Peart’s pen name on some early short stories. If so, that would be central to point. And why the double always? With laws, as with WordPress comments, -hyphens- dashes should be used sparingly if at all.
I don’t dislike libertarians. The ones I know in real life are all thoughtful people. But it’s no wonder that, even with all the Koch money, they have to run constant fundraisers.
This should be a time of great hope for libertarians, what with Drew Carey hosting the “Price Is Right’ and all. And I think they have something to contribute to contemporary debate, especially on the topics of incarceration and drug laws. But they’re going to have to ease up on the eponymous laws, noogie-inducing screen names, and overuse of Latin (“premia”, “status quo ante”, “fiat money”) if they’re ever going to appeal to a mass audience.