by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
One of the reasons libertarian scholar Charles Murray believes in his scheme for a concentrated campaign of civil disobedience against ridiculous government rules is the way in which technology has rendered many of those rules superfluous or counterproductive.
As a recent Daily Journal review of Murray’s new book, By The People, put it:
Murray offers a thought-provoking argument. In the last section of By The People, titled “A Propitious Moment,” he explains how factors such as increasing cultural diversity and technological advances could help his cause.
For instance, younger adults who choose a smartphone-based transportation option such as Uber, even if it means skirting government rules designed to protect a taxi monopoly, might be more inclined to engage in other forms of civil disobedience that challenge “ridiculous” government dictates.
Murray admits his policy prescription amounts to a “long shot, but it is, in fact, a shot. It could work.”
This reviewer agreed with Murray that his policy prescription amounts to a “long shot.” Still, an article from Kaitlin Collins for the Daily Caller offers some ammunition to Murray’s argument.
Kate Upton declared war on Bill de Blasio Wednesday and, about three hours later, she won.
Following in Ashton Kutcher’s footsteps, the Sports Illustrated Swim model criticized the New York City mayor on Twitter for proposing a plan that would cap the growth of for-hire vehicle companies like Uber and Lyft.
Hours later, the de Blasio administration dropped its proposal. …
… Along with Upton and Neil Patrick Harris, Kutcher criticized de Blasio’s proposal in a social media rant, and said the mayor was “destroying innovation” with his “corrupt shortsighted politics.”
This is the same Ashton Kutcher who led the “creepy” pledge to “serve” Barack Obama. So it’s nice to see that an innovation such as Uber can help change his point of view.