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Feed the Homeless, Go To Jail: Part Two

As I wrote last week, people are being thrown in jail for exercising their own goddamn right to feed whomever they goddamn wish. Why are we concerned with the volitional interactions between those that wish to provide a service to those in need of said service, or product?

Sadly, the incarceration continues.

(HT: Hit & Run)

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Tax Breaks to Hire Ex-Convicts = Idiotic

I’m all for second chances, and for when it makes sense (as is the case, I hear, for many) clearing out our prisons. But I am certainly not for giving tax breaks to businesses for hiring ex-convicts. That’s what a Columbus lawmaker wants to do.

It’s idiotic on a number of levels. Namely, it disregards the relevant- and the only- reasons in which individuals are hired: for their value.  If the individual can bring value to the business, if the business considers the skill of the individual a worthy investment, then there is reason to hire. Otherwise, you have no reason.

In this particular case, the bonehead lawmaker wants businesses to turn a blind eye to the reason they should hire.

Consider the repercussions of such a decision. Sure, you are given a couple thousand dollars. But what is lost? Certainly a great deal of time and money, much more than if you were to hire an individual based upon the skill and value they can add to the company.

If this law passes, I am going to crap myself.

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I, Pencil by Leonard Read: Audio Version

The classic 1958 essay from Leonard Reed, regarding the wonders of innovation and the inherent dangers of central planning as it pertains to that innovation. As Lawrence W. Reed put it in his introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of the essay, he says:

Ideas are most powerful when they are wrapped in a compelling story. Leonard’s main point- economies can hardly be ‘planned’ when not one soul possesses the know-how and skills to produce a simple pencil- unfolds in the enchanting words of a pencil itself. Leonard could have written ‘I, Car’ or ‘I, Airplane,’ but choosing those more complex items would have muted the message. No one person- repeat, no one, no matter how smart or how many degrees follow his name- could create from scratch a small, everyday pencil, let alone a car or an airplane.

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For more information about Leonard Read, go here.

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