22.12.02

PUBLIC CHOICE. What do Senators Mary Landrieu and Trent Lott have in common? "[T]he old southern pol's promise: to use government to help her tribe against outsiders." According to Virginia Postrel, "That promise is what connects the segregationist politics of the past with the pork-and-protection policies of the present. Hence the transformation of Strom Thurmond from a segregationist to someone who got federal dollars for black colleges in South Carolina. In neither case is government to be a neutral arbiter between equal citizens. The difference is merely who counts as an insider worthy of privilege." Presumably that is why each state has two senators and at least one representative, in order to preserve the fiction that each lives at the expense of the other.

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