Since the basis of libertarian philosophy is property rights, I would have expected a little more outrage from places like Reason about robo-signing, yet a search of their blog finds scant mention of the way that banks have been able to leverage shoddy paperwork to deprive mortgage holders of their property rights. Maybe I’m not well versed enough in the nuances of libertarian thinking to understand why a mortgage holder doesn’t have the same property rights that libertarians are usually so quick to defend. But it really is remarkable that the Supreme Court of communitarian Massachusetts can be harsher on this topic than the Reasonoids.
The last substantive article I can find over there is Tim Cavanaugh’s move along, nothing to see here piece on the December ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court. On today’s front page, there’s plenty of discussion of gun control, snack food taxation and the evils of Obamacare. There’s also a link to an article by Matt Welch explaining Reason’s “self-marginalization”, which is a fancy way of saying “nobody gives a shit about what we say because we want it that way.”
I’ve got news for Welch: nobody gives a shit about what Reason says because (edit) too much gun control, USDA advocacy of brown rice snack cakes and the wickedness of healthcare reform are all white people problems. The road to serfdom starts at the bar of a courtroom running a rocket docket, not at the front steps of the Department of Agriculture.
Update: Just to be clear, “White People Problem” is the Louis CK phrase meaning a problem that is so minor that most people around the world wouldn’t even call it a problem.