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Did You Stock up on Incandescent Light Bulbs? (with video song)

Posted: January 2, 2014 at 5:44 am   /   by

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.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

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 (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook


  1. sleepergirl says:

    Not only did Dubya sign the law, but Fred Upton was behind the push to ban these bulbs!

    I’ve heard of a clever entrepreneur in some Midwest state that is presenting a way out of our conundrum.  He is producing “industrial” bulbs, which seem to be exempt from the ban.

    1. sleepergirlFor shame, Fred Upton. Don’t these people understand first principles? On what grounds does anyone who considers themselves a conservative or libertarian do such a thing? That’s the problem—a lot of conservatives have gotten away from first principles. 
      Please tell us more about the industrial bulbs.

      1. sleepergirl says:

        WesternFreePress sleepergirl  I don’t recall whether the manufacturer that I heard on the radio is producing 40s and 60s, but here is the scoop on some other wattages

        1. sleepergirl Readin g that article mostly just enhances the insanity of all this. Certain bulbs will remain exempt unless sales go up too much? What the heck is that? Government has no authority to do such things, other than the authority it has arrogated. This is illegitimate.

        2. sleepergirl says:

          WesternFreePress sleepergirl Illegitimate!  Oy!  Don’t get me started…….

        3. sleepergirl No, by all means, please get started. It is essential that conservatives and libertarians not only recognize that much of what government does today is illegitimate, but that we be able to state, clearly, the reasons WHY. Writing them down is one of the best ways to clarify one’s own understanding, and the understanding of those reading.