Steve Johnson: Oh, and conservatives are mindless* which is why they don’t champion it. * Mindless doesn’t mean that individual conservatives are stupid – just that there are no continuous institutions that teach anti-progressive thought. As a result conservatism just evolves into a list of things that sound kind of good to the portion of voting public that isn’t bought by the left in some way.
Steve Johnson: James James, Your last paragraph is the answer. The left is just in favor of whatever gives the professional left more jobs and power. Putting it in economic terms the left is a giant program to create dead weight loss. Anything that reduces dead weight loss will be opposed no matter if it fits the stated justifications for their policies or not.
Isegoria: People seem to especially loathe “direct” taxes not tied to a transaction, where they may not have cash on hand to pay the tax man. Tariffs and income taxes aren’t efficient, but they are effective.
Bruce: Damn right, Scipio! I bet some paleozoic epiphyte with bloated, methane-friendly rhizomes ruled the skies! I’d almost believe in vines that built up a static charge and flew on the ion wind effect, like some spiders. It’s not like fossils from back then make any sense anyway.
Scipio Americanus: It also seems that this sort of solution would scale down well due to the increase in the apparent viscosity of air. I wouldn’t be surprised if we one day find a fossil of some ancient order of organisms that used the approach for aerial navigation only to be out-competed by insects.
Grasspunk: Putting a line down the middle of the road requires you to have a road wide enough for one. Where I live most roads are too small for lines. The widening of a road to allow for a line would lower the accident rate in itself. Then again most accidents here are single-vehicle accidents involving trees or ditches [and likely Armagnac, Madiran and/or Côtes de Gascogne]. Not sure a line is going to help with that.
T. Greer: It used to be part of my daily routine to head over to the digital library of congress Historic American newspaper collection or Cornell’s Making of America Journal collection and read an article or two to start my day. Even the stuff written for the proles in 1840 surpasses what you find on Upworthy today.
James James: I find it a very interesting question about why the left isn’t wholeheartedly behind LVT, assuming that most non-landowners are on the left. Monbiot is a recent convert, I think, and the UK Greens support it, but that’s about it. Partly it is misunderstanding. LVT makes total sense once you understand it, but is hard to “grok”, even with the example of Hong Kong. Partly this is because of propaganda. Partly LVT is opposed by ordinary people who own land....