Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another addition of Freedom Friday. In case y’all missed it, please check out Average Day D.C., and, if you have time, my review of Arthur Delaney’s Nanonman: The Post-Human Prometheus. And now, some news:
- Tucker Carlson, talking head and—apparently—columnist, joined the Cato Institute this week as a senior fellow. This is not nearly as exciting a purchase as Nat Hentoff, who joined a few weeks back. I mention it mostly because I love liberty (and so does Cato), and because Carlson, at least according to his press release, went to a college where “Cato..publications [were] passed around like samizdat.” True or false, this is simply too fantastic a claim not to reprint all across the Internet.
- In the wake of the banking disaster (and Obama’s disaster of a response), Harvard’s Project on Law and Mind Sciences is hosting The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences. The organizers pose this question: “If the current state of the U.S. economy makes clear that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s faith in free markets was misplaced, the question remains: what was it about free markets that proved—and still continues to prove—so alluring to economists, scholars, and policy-makers alike?” It’s all so sad, isn’t it? WE FREE MARKETEERS HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO ADDICTS! FML! (Sorry, Wonkette moment.)
- Lastly, there’s a very special event going on in D.C. today that didn’t make our listings. That even is called the Tea Party, and it’s being hosted and attended by people who don’t like the idea of their government spending their money on bailing out bad companies and stupid homeowners. Bob Cesca at the Huffington Post calls it a “Wingnut Revolution,” and he’s sort of right, insofar as there will be wingnuts in attendance (Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, and, well, you don’t really need anyone else to prove Cesca’s point). Might make for an interesting time, you know, if you’re not too busy sewing sickle patches on your winter wear.
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