Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bourbon before Breakfast

I just finished reading Jeffrey Tucker's set of essays titled "Bourbone before Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo". I recommend it to anyone. It is witty, well written, and essentially libertarian. There are a few essays devoted to Tucker's personal likes and dislikes, but overall it rails at increased government intervention in our private lives. One of my favorite essays was on Mark Twain. I had not realized that Twain was so anti government. Clemens wrote:
"The mania for giving the government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities and citizens is likely to cause endless trouble .. and there is great danger that our people will lose that independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the help lessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed himwhen hungry, to clothe him when naked .. and in time to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future permission to paradise.
Twain's letter to Enterprise on January 1866.