December 28, 2002

Moral Hazard

I'm a big fan of the Simpsons episode where Lisa goes to Washington to compete in an essay contest. Especially funny are the runner-up essays like the kid who talks about the Recipe for a Free Country. You know: "Mix one cup liberty with three teaspoons of justice. Add one informed electorate. Baste well with veto power..."

But apparently, some libertarians didn't realize this was meant as a joke 'cause they've come up with their very own recipe. It calls for 'liberating' a chosen state by importing a horde of anarcho-capitalists and implementing alternative voting methods.

Well, I guess if the Scientologists get to have Clearwater, FL the Ayn Rand Fan Club can have a Dakota or something. But, you know, if your FAQ has to answer the question "Is the Free State Project some utopian power trip?" you might want to take a step back.

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