Friday, September 29, 2006

Libertarians Behaving Badly (like everyone else)

Lookie what I found!

The short story: apparently, a group of libertarian digg users are being accused of conspiring to digg up any and all stories from such sites as and The accusers go further to state that many of these diggers don't even READ all the stories they digg, they are simply trying to game the system.

The issue of digg gangs has been discussed before, and I'm not even going to bother to look into the allegation that there is a digg gang which targets libertarian articles; it is sufficiently unsurprising I'm just going to assume it is true.

The irony, of course, is that all the "digg gang" phenomenon proves is that libertarians are right. It's one thing to have a news aggregator like influenced by organized parties and interest groups; it is quite another to have an entity with the power to tax, distribute, and force at will that operates under the same principle. If you don't like digg gangs, imagine how much worse it would be if digg gangs had the authority to demand money, imprison you if you refuse, and spend it to imprison or even kill anyone they pleased!

Oh, wait, we already have that. It's called The State.

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