■ Proverbs 18:6
shows very little respect for the First Amendment, which protects
the speech of both fools and sages:
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
I've always wondered about the provenance of the famed grade-school taunt "You're pleading
for a beating." There it is.
■ Megan McArdle comments on the undoing of "Net Neutrality" rules by
the FCC, and doesn't see the big deal, because
Internet Had Already Lost Its Neutrality.
The internet will be filled today with denunciations of this move,
threats of a dark future in which our access to content will be
controlled by a few powerful companies. And sure, that may happen.
But in fact, it may already have happened, led not by ISPs, but by
the very companies that were fighting so hard for net
Consider what happened to the Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi publication, after Charlottesville. One by one, hosting companies refused to permit its content on their servers. The group was forced to effectively flee the country, and then other countries, too, shut it down.
One of my Progressive Facebook friends is a major cheerleader for
"Net Neutrality", and also cheered the banishment of the
neo-Nazi site. I didn't have the heart to ask him to square that
■ Tyler Cowen is also copacetic about the regulatory demise: The
End of Net Neutrality Isn't the End of the World.
Eliminating net neutrality is, in the best and worst case scenarios, either necessary to keep the internet up and running, or will lead to a dystopian future where a few major corporations control our thoughts. The more prosaic reality, however, is that a world without net neutrality will work just fine. I am therefore not incensed (or very excited) about the Federal Communications Commission proposal released Tuesday that will move away from net neutrality.
Tyler admits he used to be in favor of "Net Neutrality", but has
changed his mind.
(I am nowhere near as smart as Tyler, but I always thought "Net
Neutrality" was a focus-grouped buzzphrase to avoid the more obvious
"Government Regulation of the Internet".
Peter Suderman interviews Aaron Carroll, the author of The Bad Food Bible,
which I've placed on my Things-To-Read list from the title alone. At
Reason: You Don’t Have Listen to the Government. Eat the Foods You Like.
Reason: Something I really appreciate about your
book is that it's not moralistic or restrictive. Although you do
issue some warnings about certain behaviors to avoid, a big part of
your message is that it's actually fine to consume most food and
beverages. It's a book that repeatedly says, sure, it's okay to eat
or drink that, at least in moderation.
That's quite a bit different from a lot of the diet advice we see,
which tends to be heavily restrictive and focused on what you should
avoid consuming. And it's also different than the moralism found in
a lot of hand-me-down health wisdom, which is all about which foods
are inherently good and which are inherently bad.
What's the appeal of restrictive diet moralism? Why does it persist—and in many cases spread? It can't be because it's pleasurable to eat that way!
Aaron Carroll: For as long as I can remember,
nutritional advice has always been about telling me I'm doing
something wrong. It was always telling me I was eating the wrong
things. Don't eat cholesterol. Don't eat fat. Don't eat carbs. You
have to eat something.
I think there are likely a few reasons for this. One is that some
people think that making people feel shame is a motivating factor.
Another is that we tend to think that being overweight or obese is
somehow your "fault" and that you, therefore, are to "blame". Too
often we equate being overweight with a moral failing.
We also shouldn't discount the financial drivers. There's lots of money to be made by making people feel afraid, and it certainly works in food.
As the cliché goes: you can add years to your life via healthy
eating, but those added years come at the wrong end.
■ At NRO, Deroy Murdock reads the
letter from "high net worth individuals, many in the top 1%" who
oppose the current tax reform legislation and implore Congress: "Do
not cut our taxes." And Murdock has a Modest Proposal, the
Higher-rate Optional (H.O.T.) Tax, which would
the Guilty Rich Soak Themselves.
Congress should add the H.O.T. tax to the legislation now coursing through Capitol Hill. It would be simple, fair, and voluntary. Any taxpayer who feels undertaxed could fill the H.O.T. line on IRS Form 1040 with whatever higher tax rate makes her happy, multiply by taxable income, and submit that larger total.
I like it. But there's already a
in place for voluntary contributions to Your Federal Government.