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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Transparency Instead of Prohibition

Instead of a blanket ban on financial service work for people who use some types of mind-altering chemicals, it might make more sense (it would also be less of a violation of libertarian principles) for their use to be transparent. So when prospectuses include the chemicals ingested by the financial advisors, we'll be able to which are actually dangerous to one's wealth. (Needless to say, the chemicals in question must be legalized for the data to be reliable.)

After that, we can also check on the chemicals used by advocates of a proposed regulation. In the specific case of the bailout plan, we must recall this was the product of an all-nighter and also recall David Sedaris's description of the effects of speed:

Speed eliminates all doubt. Am I smart enough? Will people like me? These are questions for insecure potheads. A speed enthusiast knows that everything he says or does is brilliant.

The next step is to include similar data in scientific papers about global warming etc. …


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