In Philly, Uber is illegal and bars must close by 2 a.m.—unless the DNC comes to town
Funny how that works.

Of course, what’s bizarre about all this is the tacit admission that allowing ridesharing and letting bars stay open late while buying liquor on the free market won’t cast Philadelphia into a dystopia of dissolution and misery.

In fact, it’s almost like—and I know this sounds crazy—these rules aren’t actually necessary?

Or, as Brown asks, “if these cities can handle ridesharing and 4 a.m. last-calls at a time when tens-of-thousands of out-of-towners have descended, mightn’t they be able to handle them when the hubbub dies down, too?”

Common sense would say yes, but the approach to governance that created these inane laws does not operate by that principle.

Still, for the rest of us yearning to breathe free, there’s at least a lesson here: invite a political convention to town. The people it nominates will almost certainly seek to restrict your liberty, regardless of their party affiliation. But for a few glorious days, you’ll get to share in the privileged freedom of the ruling class.

When you come for my guns. Better bring yours. Second Amendment T-Shirt.

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It’s hilarious when I tell people I’m going to be voting for Gary Johnson because people on the left tell me, “thats just a vote for Trump!” but people on the right tell me, “thats just a vote for Hillary!” Like wow gee i guess a vote for Gary Johnson is not a vote for Gary Johnson it’s actually THREE votes for Trump and Hillary too! #myvoteisextraimportant

The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau.
—  Ludwig Von Mises
You’re Likely Committing a Crime Right Now By Mark Nestmann
The Criminalization of Everything

Do you own a dog? You could face six months in federal prison If you walk it on federal lands on a leash longer than six feet in length.

Do you have a bank account? If you deposit or withdraw more than $10,000 in cash over multiple transactions, you could be imprisoned for up to five years. You could also lose every penny in the account, under the theory it “facilitated” your crime.

Do you have foreign investments? If you neglect to tell Uncle Sam about them, you could face draconian penalties. Forget to file just one form? You could face a $10,000 penalty per account per year.

There’s no requirement that you know any of these crimes exist for you to be found guilty of violating them. After all, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Given that fact, you might think that Uncle Sam would make it easy to understand exactly what’s legal and what’s not. Think again.

In 1790, the first set of federal criminal laws contained a grand total of 20 crimes. Since then, the number of federal crimes listed has grown like cancer. No one knows how many federal crimes exist, although a 1998 study from the American Bar Association concluded the total was likely “much higher” than 3,000.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a little-known and poorly understood process that federal agencies undertake to literally make law. In some cases, if you violate an “administrative law” a federal agency creates out of thin air, you can be imprisoned. Indeed, the number of federal regulations carrying criminal penalties may be as high as 300,000.