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Monday, May 22, 2006

Mutual-Aid Societies, Private Schools, and Salted Peanuts

I'm back home after a weekend FEE seminar in Houston, where I lectured on mutual-aid societies as a proper alternative to a government safety net and why the state should not school our children. The first lecture also contained a section on the revisionist history of the Progressive Era, pointing out that far from its being an imposition by left-wing intellecutals, it was in fact the result of the business elite's seeking shelter from the bracing winds of competition.

Flying home on Southwest Airlines, I got another lesson in this country's crazy product-liability laws. I know some people have a peanut allegery, but this is ridiculous. The package of peanuts given out by the airline contains this important information:
Ingredients: Peanuts, Dry Roasted with Salt.

Produced in a facility that processes peanuts and other nuts.
Oh.

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