Originally published at International Liberty ~ Ed.
Northern Virginia just got buried by more than two feet of snow.
Second, I’m going to add to my collection of humor that pokes fun at libertarians.
- Cartoons on libertarian ice fishing and libertarian lifeguards.
- A mosaic showing 24 types of libertarians.
- A poster showing how the world sees libertarians.
- A 23-photo montage of libertarian problems.
- The answer to the riddle of why the libertarian chicken crossed the road.
- Alleged libertarian views on fire departments can be seen here and here.
- A libertarian ambulance service.
- Dealing with a libertarian child.
And now, courtesy of a left-leaning, quasi-populist softball buddy, we have our new addition: The tyranny of government snowplows!
Now that we’ve all enjoyed a good laugh (because some of us libertarians can be very doctrinaire and dour, and thus deserve to be teased), it’s worth noting that plenty of places, such as private communities, shopping centers, etc, do rely on the private sector.
And it’s no mystery that the snow in those places is generally cleared faster and at lower cost.
That being said, most libertarian types are far more tolerant of local governments spending money on things that arguably might be public goods.
Indeed, one of our principles is that things tend to go awry (like the water scandal in Flint) when responsibility and accountability are blurred because of involvement by state government or the federal government.
So most of us will tolerate snow removal by local governments, even if we would prefer the private sector.
P.S. I also have a collection of pro-libertarian humor.
- Libertarian Jesus scolding modern statists.
- This poster about confused statists.
- The libertarian version of a sex fantasy.
- Clever libertarian videos.
P.P.S. Just in case you want to vicariously share my snow-shoveling misery, this picture will give you an idea of the size of the problem.
Though it is nice that one of the cats is helping to point the way.
And another one of the kitties seems rather fascinated by the walls of snow.
P.P.P.S. Since I’m not as smart as my neighbor, who parked at the end of his driveway, I have hours of work ahead of me. Too bad there aren’t any criminal, unlicensed teenagers looking for work.