Wyoming Liberty Group
The Food Freedom Act has passed in Wyoming. It decriminalized some voluntary capitalist acts between consenting individuals and not a moment too soon. Government regulation is no panacea and food regulation could soon become even more disconnected with its purported purpose of keeping us healthy. Seems the USDA may incorporate environmental sustainability in its upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As special interest groups exert more control over government, we must eliminate the dead hand of government from our food choices.
The Tea Party was not a flash in the pan, and as more time goes by it’s starting to look like a lasting political influence. At the beginning of this year I commented that the Tea Party was in “hibernation,” but now that election season is upon us the resurgence I predicted has come full force. (Yes, I’m aware that was far from a risky conjecture.) And the Occupy movement? Well, it has certainly moved—into irrelevance.
In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt defined four freedoms: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from want and fear. While we do all have the right to freedom of speech and worship, the notion we could somehow be freed from want and fear has resulted in less freedom and an avalanche in the demand for phony rights.
Two weeks ago I headed down to Las Vegas for FreedomFest. Now in its ninth year, FreedomFest is an annual gathering that features a variety of liberty-oriented speeches and panels and now draws over 2,000 attendees. This year’s speakers included Judge Andrew Napolitano from Fox News, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Senator Rand Paul, and many other notable figures. The three-day conference does not leave much room for sleep, especially combined with the glitz and craziness of the Vegas Strip, but that’s what the week after I returned to Cheyenne was for.
“The whole drama of the world is such tragedy that I am weary of the spectacle.” — John Adams, 1779
Despite the interruption in the 24-hour news cycle by that horrific disaster in Japan, the world has been watching the amazing and painful birthing of democracy in Arab countries over the past six months.