Weekly Web Gems

Think local control is the solution? . . . Not always. As Mises Daily contributor Ryan McMaken points out, the same motives that drive federal-level tax lust and cronyism may be driving your local chamber of commerce too.

2014 — The most libertarian year ever? (2:00) . . . Maybe, says ReasonTV’s Nick Gillespie. And here’s 3 reasons why.

In the dark . . .The 100-watt incandescent went bye-bye in 2012. In 2013 it was the 75-watt, and in six months you won’t be able to find 40 or 60 watt bulbs either. 60% of Americans are unaware that the ban is completed this year, and even more are in the dark about what drove the law in the first place.

Evicting Mr. Miyagi (5:29) . . . Santa Anna’s plans to evict businesses for a road improvement project would close, among other things, a world-renown karate dojo. Eminent domain at the local level can be just as prone to abuse.

Reverse Robin Hood (2:55) . . . How weak private property laws steal from the poor and give to the rich.




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