The Pink Police State

Although I have often used the term “Pink Police State,” I didn’t coin the term. Credit goes to James Poulos who actually credits Marilyn Manson for the inspiration. Poulos dug back to the “Dope Show” from Manson’s late 1990s “Mechanical Animals” to throw pointed bombs at Reason’s “Libertarian Moment” thesis a few years ago. Even though Matt & Nick’s book is “new,” the thesis is old staleness in the pages of Reason Magazine.

Poulos railed against a “cultural libertarianism that is snowballing while the snowball of political libertarianism rolls deeper into hell.”

I couldn’t help but think of Poulos after hearing Michelle Bachmann recently address the Sarah Palin rivalry to the media by retorting “the media would love to see two girls come together and have a lesbian mud wrestling fight, but I’m not going to give it to them.”

One thought on “The Pink Police State

  1. I feel the same way about Matt and Nick’s book. They stress heavily the rise of greater choice and individualism in most aspects of the market, like food, fashion, services, etc., and touch on some increases in cultural freedom (sex, drugs) to conclude that there’s a wider libertarian moment. I believe that by 2030 same sex marriage will be the law of the land and marijuana decriminalization will at least be a state issue. But that’s not going to mean that government in other sectors is any larger or smaller. The issues are tangential.

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