30.12.03

DYING FOR YOUR PREJUDICES. Dennis Prager (via Betsy's Page) suggests it's more important that experienced rescuers not be Israeli rather than some Iranians be pulled from the rubble. In a related post, Editor: Myself (via Buzz Machine) looks at the political economy of donating to the people, bypassing the government, when that government is neither electorally accountable nor collects much in taxes from the general population. These are two distinct phenomena: for many years the United States had electoral accountability (at least for local office and for House seats) while relying primarily on tariffs to pay the national government's bills.

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