This Land Is . . . . (part 1)

A very long time ago (as my children would put it) a fellow by the name of Woody Guthrie made a song rather popular. The song was “This Land is Your Land” and started with the following stanza: This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me. While the song provided greater support for socialism than the private ownership of property, it struck a patriotic chord with many people who never got past the….

Lessons from the Bundy Affair

I’ve not written on the matter of cattle, the BLM, and the Bundys because I was not quite sure what to make of things — other than that it seemed rather heavy handed of the BLM. John Hinderaker takes it from there. Bottom line? In this post rule-of-law era in which we find ourselves, certain behaviors are desirable to the Obama administration and its backers. Raising cattle is not one of them. UPDATE P&R does a much better exposition of the matter than do I.

Participation Ribbons Are Good, Sometimes

From P&R: Capitalism, with a relatively free market in which people are able to see and understand both what is being traded away and what is being received tends to create not winners and losers, but winners and winners. I’m not a fan of participation ribbons, but those who actively participate in the exchange of capital for goods and services are generally rewarded for their efforts, even if they do not make first or second place in a particular endeavor. This is why capitalism flourishes as black markets even under repressive regimes. It has been said many times, and should….

Ban The (Sorry, Can’t Say It)

It’s pretty common to show that something is banned by publishing an image of the thing with an X or stroke across the image. Right? Apparently, that is too much for some folks: “I think the general public will be alarmed by [a sign showing a marked out gun] and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan said. “I have no knowledge of guns ever being in this building,” she said of her 22 years with the school district. Nolan said she was not opposed to the law or posting the sign,….