Friday, October 26, 2012

Too Smart to Be A Libertarian

I swear to God, man --and I don't even believe in God-- that I'm too smart to be a Libertarian.

 Witness an item on Reason Magazine's Hit and Run blog:
Bernard von NotHaus, maker, seller, and advocate of metal rounds under the name "Liberty Dollar" for them that might want to own metal rounds, continues to be persecuted by the U.S. government, and his tale makes the New York Times today.
Now you might have read that and thought to yourself, "What the hell is a 'metal round?'" Here is a photo:
That is not a "metal round." That's a coin. And we're surprised that Von NotHaus was found guilty of counterfeiting?

The part that cracked me up, though, was this:
I'm surprised the Times's reporter apparently got von NotHaus to use the word "coins" since whether or not these were meant to emulate U.S. coins was such a sticking point in his legal travails. He would always insist to me when we spoke that his Liberty Dollars were to be called "rounds," and were a “voluntary private barter currency,” a phrase that appeared on the rounds in later mintings.
And you actually bought that?

What's worse, he wanted us to buy it? As if we're all too stupid to know what a fucking coin is....

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