I Can’t Believe They Let You Do That

Please savor the following words of scathing wisdom from Bill Whittle.


  1. Comment by Brian Niemeier:

    “Please savor the following words of scathing wisdom from Bill Whittle.”

    I always do.

  2. Comment by robertjwizard:

    Great, hilarious, and so true. Love the Whittle.

  3. Comment by Tamquam:

    I think it is high time I got myself on back there.

  4. Comment by The Ubiquitous:

    California is more radically diverse than any other state in the union, and not just racially. (But since I brought it up, just look at the top ten list of racially diverse metro areas.) Compared to almost every other state, its industries are more varied, as are its terrain and climates, and there are more people in the state, and it has larger metropolitan areas. California could easily be split into three-to-six separate states happy to be free of the others.

    San Bernardino county alone is larger in land area than 71 sovereign countries, or the bottom eleven states taken individually, or the four smallest states combined. Population? Just over 2 million, with most of those crammed into a tiny corner of the larger land area.

    Bill Whittle makes California cities sound like San Francisco or Hollywood when they’re really more like San Jose or Los Angeles. Loud, kitchy, shallow, rootless with a flat, dry, and ugly urban life. As with all ugly urban life, rules are demanded by people tired of that thing their neighbor does.

    Urbanization, not liberalization — more generally, being too large rather than being too nosy — is the ultimate cause of California’s fascination with rulemaking.

    (So far as rules on the beach, California is no special case.)

    • Comment by DGDDavidson:

      Ah, and I see that is a Texas beach. Perhaps it is not only California beaches that are overloaded with rules.

      Having said that, though, I see that most of the rules aren’t too ridiculous, and they do allow fires. They just ask you not to burn anything you shouldn’t.

      • Comment by The Ubiquitous:

        To be fair to our host and Mr. Whittle, they could have made a legitimate criticism if they had compared like to like. Instead of comparing private lands in Texas to public lands in California and pointing out the government’s role, he could have detailed cases of government intrusion into private lands when lacking a compelling interest.

        For example, I know someone who owns several hundred acres on a working ranch on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas. Because he is adjacent to federal land, he is subject to being bossed around in ways he considers unjust. (I don’t know the details, not being very well acquainted with him or his situation.) However, if he is subject to unjust rules which lack a compelling interest, his case would be powerful evidence against a type of tyranny. His case, you notice, but not that of public beaches, of all things, which look and smell like litterboxes when rules are not believed or enforced.

        One other correction to my comment I would agree with would point out that the rules for the Texas beach are local rules. Even if they are the same rules — especially when they are the same rules — local rules should be preferred to less-local rules. (Compare subsidiarity.)

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