Friday, January 27, 2006

Libertarian Musings

I was looking through my "Notebooks of Lazarus Long" coffee table book and offer the following musings in that vein, though obviously not as insightful:

1) It is absurd to believe that a sixteen year-old who murders someone is more capable of making an adult decision than a twenty year-old who wants to buy a six-pack.
2) “Thou Shalt” is just as restrictive as “Thou Shalt Not”
3) Letting government employees vote in elections has the same effect as letting corporate employees vote for upper management: No one gets fired, everyone gets raises, and the shareholders get screwed.
4) ‘A government has no friends, only interests.’ No such entity has ever given charity. Social welfare is a steely-eyed bribe.
5) Legislative season should be shorter than hunting season.
6) It is easier to pass legislation, than repeal it. When in doubt, don’t.
7) There is no such thing as a temporary tax.
8) Game theory has proven ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his need’ maximizes neediness and minimizes ability.
9) Just so everyone understands, the rule of Progressive Taxation states that the government will take money from those who manage it well and give money to those who manage it poorly. This is going to spread the wealth?
10) Apparently the only difference between citizens and everyone else living in the U.S. is that citizens can apply for passports