Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”
― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law
Check out this very refreshing and well-written article from Forbes, wherein the author makes a strong empirical, mathematical, and historical argument lauding the advantages of the gold standard – specifically, how it benefits the middle and working classes.
Apparently Jeffrey Katzenberg (of Dreamworks SKG) offered Vince Gilligan et al. $75 million for three more episodes of Breaking Bad with the requirement that that they be distributed as thirty six-minute clips via a VOD platform.
Vince declined. That’s true dedication to the sanctity of his art.