I haven’t been making fun of The Seattle Times’ Ed Cetera blog recently. And point of fact, their intern is doing a pretty good job providing content.
But fortunately, there’s still their occasional nonsense where Bruce Ramsey and Lynne Varner argue usually over some detail on a non-issue where they start out meeting each other 90% of the way. Surprisingly, this time they actually talked about a real issue: The police response to the May Day vandalism. Bruce Ramsey starts it off thus: “I’m big on individual rights, but here is where I draw a line.”
Sure. We all have our lines. So it’s fair to say where they are. But I feel like Bruce Ramsey is regularly saying where we should curtail our individual rights and saying he usually supports individual rights as opposed to this time. But it seems to me, he could focus more on the rights he wants to expand.
Now, I’m sure he can link to pieces about lower taxes and claim that’s an individual’s right to not pay whatever tax the column is about. But that’s not the same. I’m sure he can link to pieces where he talks about property rights, and that’s closer but still not the same; the main regulations are downstream problems and other externalities, and anyway, a lot of people don’t own property. I’m sure he can link to pieces where he has defended corporate rights when they’ve been unpopular, but that’s not anything like individual rights.
Look, I know there are drug war things where he’s been fine. But it seems he cares less about individual rights than the average liberal. But he talks about how he’s for individual rights more than just about anyone. And you’d think someone like that would go out of their way to write about the individual rights they want to expand more.