Archive for September 23rd, 2012

Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms; but those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of freemen.  –  Aristotle

Radley Balko is back to blogging regularly at The Agitator again; he restarted over the past couple of weeks but made the official announcement yesterday in a post which contained this fantastic and link-rich mini-rant:  “Stop quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in defense of your censorious bullshit.  In fact, stop quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes for anything.  He was a racist, eugenicist, authoritarian    asshole.  I’ve never understood why progressives have thought so highly of him, back then, or now.”  Balko was in top form this week, contributing every link down to the video via his Twitter feed.  The video (which is here due to its coolness) comes via EconJeff, who also supplied the first two links below it.

This ad in favor of Colorado’s upcoming measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol is especially effective for anyone who knows what usually happens to dogs in drug raids:

(Thanks to Walter Olson for the third item below the video, Tracy Quan for the fourth, Popehat for the fifth, Nun Ya for the sixth, Mike Siegel for the seventh,  Luscious Lani for the eighth and Cthulhuchick for the ninth.  The second-to-last one above the picture is from Lenore Skenazy, the last from Baylen Linnekin and the picture itself from Eapen Thampy of Americans for Forfeiture Reform.)

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