Around the Web

  1. Letter to the Editor: Gun Control
  2. There is an initiative to split California into six separate states (I’ve written about this before, too, but be sure to scroll through the ‘comments’)
  3. Guest notewriter Hank Moore has his new blogging project up and running
  4. Japanese Americans, Internment, Democracy, and the US Government
  5. Does opposing intervention equal ignoring the plight of protesters in foreign states?
  6. Moral Panics, Sex Panics, and Production of A Lebanese Nation
  7. Monster Surf Exposes Rare Petroglyphs in Hawaii

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  1. No really, I’ve got to get back to work. But before I do…

    1) On gun control: I think supporting gun freedom ought to be more of a Dem issue than GOP. Who *really* needs a gun? Unprotected minorities. Also, I like this quote: “However, people with evil ideas or intentions will always be able to circumvent any law that we impose. That is the very definition of an outlaw.”

    2) Absolutely! When I was out there I figured the split would be NorCal, SoCal, and the Valley. But that’s probably a bit too simple (given, e.g. Santa Cruz and Mountain View being in the same region). I don’t know if anyone’s done research on this, but I’m guessing the holdouts will be rural voters who assume they are getting subsidies from the cities and I don’t know if they’re right.
    2b) Re: the comments in your old post. There’s an issue of tragedy of the commons by diffusing political power (same applies to term limits). If I’m the sole stationary bandit, I have incentive to allow my subjects to be more productive. If I have to split the booty with another bandit then I have less incentive to be forward looking. But that argument cuts both ways; on the state level a smaller jurisdiction would likely be a good thing (though I can think of possible exceptions).

    3-7) I’ve added this post to my ReadItLater list and will presumably return to it in the next several years.

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