Friday, September 02, 2005

Armed Bands in New Orleans

Isn't there something incongruous about hearing an anchor on Faux News (as I just did) decrying the "armed bands" roaming the streets of New Orleans, and demanding that the Army and the National Guard move in to take the weapons away from the "thugs"?

Contemporary conservative doctrine holds that the absence of government and the arming of ordinary citizens are two highly desirable goals. Remember that the NRA argues that the "well-regulated militia" mentioned in the second amendment = all the citizens, who ought to be armed so as to protect themselves against overweening government power.

According to that theory, life in the streets of New Orleans today is just about perfect. No government . . . plenty of guns floating around . . . every person for himself . . . it's a libertarian's dream come true.
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