Below is a list of demands made by the group Charlotte Uprising. As always, we’ve added helpful commentary:
“1. THE IMMEDIATE END TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, CURFEW & THE REMOVAL OF THE NATIONAL GUARD”
Those interstates we blocked? Trucks we looted? Bonfires we set? Bygones. See, we know you called in the National Guard because they were bored and looking for something to do. The fact that thousands of Panther fans were in uptown Sunday, a guy got shot two days before, and dozens of arrest have been made since had nothing to do with your decision.
Don’t you know we have a right to block downtown streets every night? (more…)
Frederic Bastiat was a 19th Century French economist and philosopher. One of his most famous essays, “That Which Is Seen, That Which Is Not Seen”, discusses the long term implications of economic decisions. He uses the example of a hypothetical shopkeeper (“James”) whose front window has been broken by his careless son to explain the economic impact of repairing the window.
I took the liberty of adapting Bastiat’s example to the topic at hand. The following is a narrative about of solving James’ problem via a public-private partnership ala’ the I-77 toll lane plan. So with apologies to M. Bastiat, imagine we are in France, circa 1850: (more…)