Archive | June 19, 2010

Bobbing Along on the Beautiful Briny Sea

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department:

[BP CEO Tony] Hayward took a break from overseeing the energy giant’s efforts to contain the undersea leak so he could watch his 52-foot yacht “Bob” participate in the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

If you put that description in fiction people would say: “the J. P. Morgan reference is too much; your satire is too heavy-handed.”

When Alabama Gets the Bomb

I’ve heard most of Tom Lehrer’s songs multiple times, but until now I’d never seen footage of him performing them. Somehow his performance comes across as edgier – and less merely whimsical – when you can see it as well as hear it; his anger and contempt toward the cold-war political establishment are even more obvious.











Bus Free Stateless

Quick postscript on Molinari/C4SS doings: we’ve also signed a promotion deal with the Motorhome Diarists’ Liberty on Tour project; details here.

Merchant’s Lunch

The proper libertarian attitude toward the Civil Rights Act, lunchcounter sit-ins, and Rand Paul’s comments thereon – a topic debated in these pages a month ago – is the subject of this month’s Cato Unbound. Up so far are posts by David Bernstein (defending anti-discrimination laws in certain contexts, while at the same time defending libertarian opponents of such laws against the charge of racism) and Sheldon Richman (opposing anti-discrimination laws while defending direct action against discriminatory establishments). Responses by Jason Kuznicki and Jeffrey Miron are forthcoming.

These exchanges should be mandatory reading (using “mandatory” metaphorically, of course) for both Rand Paul and Rachel Maddow.

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