Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

on libertarians, crutches & breaking legs

For every good idea about removing government from our lives, there’s an opportunity for the powerful to take advantage of it – deregulatory capture, if you will. The process of faux ‘privatization’ is fundamentally flawed. Private actors who simply take state services over by profiting off of taxpayer money are no different than the government, after all, they’re just for-profit government.

ED Kain responds to Penn Jillette's essay. He goes on to quote from Kevin Carson:

If the privilege remains, statist “corrective” action will be the inevitable result. That’s why I don’t get too bent out of shape about the statism of the minimum wage or overtime laws–in my list of statist evils, the guys who are breaking legs rank considerably higher than the ones handing out government crutches. All too many libertarians could care less about the statism that causes the problems of income disparity, but go ballistic over the statism intended to alleviate it. It’s another example of the general rule that statism that helps the rich is kinda sorta bad, maybe, I guess, but statism that helps the poor is flaming red ruin on wheels.

I kinda just wanna quote the whole article. Go read it. Go.