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Archive for April 1st, 2008

Read this first.

I, for one, almost fell for it – that is to say I read on, horrified, till I came to the sentence that cured my dismay and showed me the light :)

The brand new product line promises to deliver top quality organic vegetables, fruit, meat, organic cereal, chocolate, bread, and pasta to every Target store throughout the United States. 

Really?

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Bowlama

Barack Obama says that his economic plan is better than his bowling.

Now, I have my misgivings about Obama’s tax-and-spend economic plan. I also don’t like some of his protectionist and regulationist rhetoric. But after this performance, I cannot argue with the truth of his statement.

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One advantage of subscribing to the print edition of a magazine is that you get the good stuff early. There was a lot of good stuff in the current edition of Reason and now that the articles are finally on-line, I can share some of them with the rest of you.

This illustratedstrip by Peter Bagge is a highly entertaining take on the presidential contenders. This was around the time that the newsletter scandal broke, and Ron Paul is a major figure.

Is the fourth great awakening coming to an end, Ronald Bailey asks, in a long but highly readable essay about moral tectonics and the major shifts in public opinion in American history.

Jacob Sullum reviews two recent books on the drug war and comments on the “arbitrary distinctions at the root of prohibition”.

And here are some, umm, interesting quotes.

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All evidence points to the fact that everyone would be better off if drugs were legalized. So what makes the war on drugs go on? In this excellent article, Radley Balko glimpses into the mind of a drug warrior.

We’re told that certain drugs have to be prohibited because they’re too dangerous. But we should also resist efforts to make them less dangerous because doing so might encourage drug use.

It’s a bizarre argument until you consider the real motivation behind it: In truth, it’s not so much about the harm some drugs do; it’s about an absolute moral opposition to the use of some drugs.

Even if they were completely harmless, some people simply don’t like the idea that we can ingest chemicals that make us feel good.

And of course, this moral opposition translates into coercive laws. It always does.

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