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Politics

Why They Call It The “People’s Republic”

02.06.08 | Comment?

So the city council in Berkeley, California, passed a couple of resolutions recently. One granted a permanent parking spot in front of a local Marine recruiting station to Code Pink, who have been protesting there daily, and ensured that they will not need to apply for a sound permit for six months.

The second directly criticized the Marines, calling them “uninvited and unwelcome intruders”. As one councilmember commented, “The Marines ought to have better sense than to come here.”

I wonder – do the police in Berkeley carry guns? If the citizens of Berkeley need armed guards to protect them from their neighbors, why do they assume that we don’t need protection against people in this world who have vowed to destroy us? And who particularly despise the liberal lifestyle practiced in places like – well, you see where this is going.

Now of course the Berkeley city council is perfectly within their rights to pass these resolution, but it’s worth remembering that it’s the US military who is ultimately the final guarantor of those rights. And they volunteered for the job.

This is a classic free-rider scenario, where some group of goldbricks receives the benefits without having to bear the costs.

And is it really liberal to essentially tell people that they can’t volunteer for the Marines?

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