10 Responses to I Must Have Missed It

  1. christopher April 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    It was one of those “you have a choice… now! [1/2 second later] Oops missed it. Guess you’ll have to be satisfied with tyranny” type deals.

    • MBH April 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      Or one of those, “there isn’t a strict dichotomy; think of it as a continuum-type deals.”

  2. Brainpolice April 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    I wish!

  3. Sheldon Richman April 21, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    You weren’t give it. WE were.

  4. JOR April 22, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    You didn’t miss it. Like the man said, it was a false choice.

  5. Anon73 April 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Or you could imagine the body politic as a person with rights as Roderick has done in the past to justify certain forms of public property. In that interpretation, “we” as in the entire nation was given the choice, but since the nation is incapacitated now similar to a schizophrenic patient the choice was made for us!

    • Roderick April 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

      I assume that’s a reference to this piece, but if so, you’re misremembering it. I have never described the body politic as a person — first, because I don’t believe in any such thing as a “body politic,” and second, because I do not believe any collective is a person. I do think a public has property rights, but its having them is simply a matter of the individudals within it having rights as members of the public (such rights being consequent to their having collectively rather than individually homesteaded something).

  6. Thomas L. Knapp April 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    False choice? It looks to me like the real choice, concisely stated.

  7. Roderick April 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Another priceless quote: “Why not try competent government intervention, just to throw it out there? Because everybody’s comfortable with them running the military.”


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