One of the paramount freedoms worth fighting for in America is the freedom to try something different and see if you can make a buck doing so. From MN Gordon at economicprism.com:
[Editor’s Note: This edition of the Economic Prism was originally published on July 04, 2019, as Independence Day in America Circa 2019. The themes explored within are even more relevant today. So we’ve dusted it off, made several updates, and are republishing it. Enjoy!]
The days are long and hot in the Northern Hemisphere when real American patriots spit upon their hands and hoist the stars and stripes. On July 4, the free and brave, with duty and self-sacrifice, begrudgingly accept federal holiday pay to stand tall upon their own two feet. Rugged individualism and uncompromising independence are essential to their character.
With purpose and intent, they assemble as merry mobs along the shoreline to celebrate American Independence. Freedom lovers – descendants of Buffalo Bill – gather to eat hotdogs and pitch horseshoes while downing tipples of corn syrup and fermented grain. When the sun slips beyond the western horizon and the stars twinkle bright, they hoot and holler at the brilliance of fireworks and sparkling pyrotechnics.
Most years, these festivities certify that, even in an era of big government, there remains a time and place to revel in the virtues of representative self-rule. All are usually welcome, of course, so long as their vehicles are registered, they’ve paid their income taxes, and have proper documentation. But not this year. At least, not in certain jurisdictions.
After all, this is the age of coronavirus. In some reaches of the land of the free, none are welcome. For example, in Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors closed beaches, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points from July 3 thru 6 “to prevent dangerous crowding.”