Saturday, April 28, 2012

What a difference a consonant makes!

Little B (age 7) has the most amusing word misunderstandings - witness our conversation this morning:

Little B:  Why do people in mysteries and magic shows always talk about salami, which is an Italian meat?
Mr. B:  What?
Little B:  Like in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the map made you say "I salami swear I am up to no good."
Mr. B:  Ohhhhhh!  (tries to keep from laughing)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A golden opportunity for libertarians

Or - depending on your opinion of libertarians - "put up or shut up time" for libertarians.

For years libertarians have been saying (some would uncharitably call it whining) that if they just had a chance to put their ideas into practice people would see how well libertarianism actually works.  They've even been pushing a plan to get enough libertarians to move to New Hampshire that they could turn it into a libertarian paradise.

But property in New Hampshire is expensive.  And there are already a lot of people living there, some of whom don't want to live in a libertarian paradise.  If only the libertarians could find someplace smaller - say, the size of a city - maybe even someplace with a dropping population, so that the libertarians could gain electoral majorities more easily.  Someplace where property values are lower.  Someplace like...


The median home price in Detroit is $6000!  Some houses can be had for as little as a dollar!  The city is rapidly getting out of the business of providing services, and would probably be quite glad to outsource the few remaining ones to anyone with cash on hand.

So come on, libertarians!  The Motor City needs you!  Bring Detroit back to life, make it a place that people want to move to, and you'll have proved your point.

(Thanks to The Economic Collapse for inspiring this post.)