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  •  Don't Miss Bryan Caplan's Defense.... (3+ / 0-)
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    grannyhelen, Ender, OhioNatureMom

    ...of the 1880s-as-libertarian-paradise view.

    Responding to critics pointing out that married women couldn't make contracts, own property, or charge their husbands with rape, Caplan, who's an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason and is affiliated with the Cato Institute, responds by essentially suggesting that coverture and legalized marital rape are just fine from a libertarian perspective.

    Truly an outstanding examples of a) libertarians having no clue what they're talking about when it comes to the real world and b) not really caring about those less white and male than themselves.

    (h/t John Holbo at Crookedtimber, whose take down of Caplan really ought to be read.)

    (Bonus Points: Caplan's webpage...READ HIS GRAPHIC NOVEL, Amore Infernale....or not.)

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    by GreenSooner on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 07:51:16 AM PDT

    •  Too bad...rhetorically speaking if libertarians (2+ / 0-)
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      All In, OhioNatureMom

      actually cared about historical accuracy they could use the "Maids of Glastonbury" as an example of a 19th century tax protest:

      This is the story of the "Maids of Glastonbury" and their renowned cows. Abigail and Julia Smith were two unmarried sisters who had lived together in Glastonbury for a number of years after the death of their father. In 1873, having been convinced that the woman suffrage movement was on the right track, they publicly refused to pay their taxes. They justified their actions with reference to the ancient principle that taxation without representation violated individual rights, and since they could not vote in town meeting or for representatives to the state legislature, they could not be expected to pay taxes those bodies had passed. They made speeches from an oxcart in front of the town meeting hall to which their entrance was denied, and they petitioned the state legislature. When their property was confiscated they refused to buy it back, even though sympathetic neighbors returned their cows to them on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, in spite of the great stir they created, the laws did not change.


      But to find nuggets like that you have to put research and fact over the need to have history conform to your ideology.

      "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

      by grannyhelen on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 08:25:04 AM PDT

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