Did You Stock up on Incandescent Light Bulbs? (with video song)
On December 31st, I went to Lowes and Walmart and bought light bulbs. A LOT of light bulbs. The whole time I was thinking about how much I had taken them for granted as, yes, a convenience, but really, just another consumer item. And yet this simple, 130-year-old consumer item is now banned to us. The law even makes importation illegal. Does that mean we cannot drive to Mexico, Canada, or Indian reservations and pick up a stash of bulbs for our personal use?
And I was also thinking, the whole time, about just how mad I am about this. Government has no business using its monopoly of force to interfere in voluntary private transactions. A lightbulb is not a suitcase full of fissile uranium. It’s a lightbulb. And yet we will probably just acquiesce like caged animals, buying whatever mercury-containing, carcinogen-emitting monstrosity they stock the shelves with. All brought to you by the crowd that is wrong about everything they believe. And signed into law by George Bush. Shame on you, Dubya. Shame.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.