Just Monday, a British parliamentary committee proposed that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe.
There's no greater social power than the power to ration. And, other than rationing food, there is no greater instrument of social control than rationing energy, the currency of just about everything one does and uses in an advanced society.
Bonus Quotation of the Day… - (Don Boudreaux) Tweet… is from pages 263-264 of my late Nobel-laureate colleague James Buchanan’s 1991 paper “The Minimal Politics of Market Order,” as thi...
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