Weasel Stomping Day


Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:


  2. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I like most of this. But I love the Weird Al reference.Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Yet we call it a democracy, and by ‘democracy’ we mean ‘a general assent to everything.’”

    One of the more provacative assertions by the late Jude Wanniski, when he was doing his poly-nomics proto-blog, was that any society, – regardless of whether the government is polis based or mustelidae based – was that if the people are not in active revolt against their government they have given their ‘general assent to everything’.
    Can’t say I completely agree (mostly because one of his stated conclusions from this premise that that most Arab peoples ‘want’ to live in dictatorships) but it does raise the question of whether sources of soveriegnty are indeed universal.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki in reply to Kolohe says:


      Interesting thoughts. The real question is not one of a free assent — as if we could do it freely. It’s assent assuming (1) the possibility of dissent and (2) dissent not costing all that much.

      Dictatorships fail to deliver (2) — you can always dissent, but it’s going to cost you. Our government (and most others, including dictatorships) has been steadily eroding (1) for a long, long time, with delegation, inscrutably long bills, and some of the other things I complained about above.Report

  4. Avatar greginak says:

    it’s a shame there weren’t libertarians around 10000 years ago to tell people to just stay in small hunter gatherer bands.Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki in reply to greginak says:


      Huh? I think I said exactly the opposite here. It’s a fantastic thing that we’re not in hunter-gatherer bands anymore, and that we have found a way of coordinating our labor better. It’s so fantastic, even, that we suffer democratic government as its price.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak says:

      “it’s a shame there weren’t libertarians around 10000 years ago to tell people to just stay in small hunter gatherer bands.” says the liberal.

      “Maybe if we had better administrators redistributing berries 10000 years ago, the neanderthals wouldn’t have died out.”, said the technocrat.

      “We just need a higher quality of people telling others how to live!” said the person who daydreams about having a position where he tells others how to live.

      The millions who died in the gulag didn’t say no.Report

  5. Avatar Matty says:

    I hate to mention this but we’re um working on the weasels.Report

  6. Avatar JosephFM says:

    Well, hey, if I didn’t have fortitude in failure, I wouldn’t have much at all.


    (In all seriousness – great post. )Report