a visit from the laissez-fairies

August 9, 2006

Assuming that no film exec already has his eyes on "The Tragedy of Flight 66" documentary, I should stumbling into Boston this morning.

UPDATE: I'm back safe and relatively sound but rather weary. Why on earth is what sounds like a practicing bagpipe player at the church across the street? Shouldn't he go very, very far away to refine his craft?

Why is the USA seemingly so much more into "Laissez-Faire" than Europe? Is it our history of "rugged individualism"? Some hangover from the red scares of the 50s? I guess it predates that.

It's funny to realize that "it doesn't have to be this way". I'm sure libertarians think it's not nearly enough that way, and other groups might wish there was more co-operation in general.

I guess in general our system tried to minimize the "Tragedy of the Commons"... it's "sink or swim" for many of us, but with enough legislation to try to avoid the abuses that a completely hands off system might lead to.

Art of the Moment

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"September", by Timna Woollard
from Where The Heart Is.