Liberty Island!

— This is a hilarious article. It's about libertarian disenchantment with the republicans. But the funny thing is the small-worldness of it, given that every libertarian in the article, other than the Gene Berkman dude, is more or less part of the same social network. Now, I work with Alina at IHS. Alina and Radley are well acquainted. I live where I do because of social connections through Julian. Julian slept on my couch when he moved here, and then moved into Gene Healy's basement. And I've slept on Gene's floor, now that I think of it. And Gene's girlfriend writes on Radley's blog. I don't know Jim as well, but I know him! I chatted with David Boaz JUST HOURS AGO. And the author of the article, Shachtman, admits to having gone to Georgetown with Healy. So, I think we can conclude that he really busted his hump to get at all those diverse libertarian opinions. You know, from people with unique circumstances and points of view, who've never been in each others houses, who don't read every word the others write, and who don't get their opinions from each other. If all libertarians are blogging, Dean-leaning, Washington, DC libertarians, who at one point or another were Koch Fellows and/or have worked at the Cato Institute, then that might really throw a wrench in an election. Way to dig, Noah!
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Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

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    1. And congrats to all the impoverished adoptable children who live lives of misery because all the people who insisted on producing their own.

      1. And congrats to all the starving children who’ll won’t be fed because Simon decided to use so much of his money on his own damned preferences.

  1. Some fucking killjoys up in here. Congratulations on the cutest dog ever! I love his feet and his floppy ears!
    My pugs say they want to play with little Winston, so if distance is ever eliminated, it’s a date!

  2. Looks like a Vizsla, if I’m not mistaken. If that’s what he is, you’ve got yourself a hell of a dog. I’ve encountered a good few of them and they’re just a fantastic breed. Either way, he is adorable, and getting a new puppy is always very exciting.
    And to all the sanctimonious naysayers out there: getting a dog from a reputable, experienced breeder who is willing to guarantee his animal often insures that the dog you get will be healthy and have a balanced temperament. A large chunk of dogs in shelters are there because people want a certain breed but don’t want to spend money to get a decent dog, so they cheap out and buy a puppy from some prick with two dogs that he keeps in his backyard. The puppies wind up having all kinds of health and behavioral problems (the latter is every bit as much the result of nature as it is nurture) and their owners dump them at animal shelters. So, good for you, Will, for picking the dog that you actually want and will take care of instead of taking a gamble on a shelter dog that could might well wind up back in the shelter.

  3. Having had shelter dogs all my life, I am now in the embarrasing position of having to find a breeder (I need a hunting dog). I say “embarrasing” because my wife and I run a charity devoted to animal rescue.
    The key to getting a good shelter dog is to not be afraid to take it back (hopefully for an exchange at the same shelter). A well-run shelter will understand, and while you may think in your darkest moments that you are taking this animal back to certain death you must realise that you can’t save them all. Remember that you’re saving the life of the replacement dog.

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