Joel Salatin’s “Everything I want to do is illegal”…legal1esp03.htm

Richard Nikoley pointed me to this excellent essay by Polyface Farm’s Joel Salatin. It is one of the best things I’ve read in quite some time — a complete indictment of government interference with just wanting to be free. Joel suggests that eventually the noose will tighten too much and a cycle will assert itself once more, throwing off these heinous chains to freedom, individuality, diversity and independence. I hope he is right.

Look, if I want to build a yurt of rabbit skins and go to the bathroom in a compost pile, why is it any of the government’s business? Bureaucrats bend over back-wards to accredit, tax credit, and offer money to people wanting to build pig city-factories or bigger airports. But let a guy go to his woods, cut down some trees, and build himself a home, and a plethora of regulatory tyrants descend on the project to complicate, obfuscate, irritate, frustrate, and virtually terminate. I think it’s time to eradicate some of these laws and the piranhas who administer them.

One Reply to “Joel Salatin’s “Everything I want to do is illegal””

  1. I just got finished reading one of Salatin’s books (“Folks, This Ain’t Normal”) and it left me envious of his ability to put my feelings into cohesive, intelligent, well-formed, thoughtful words. He is able to express the ideas that I always knew I had but just couldn’t explain. His arguments are very convincing and, well, the things he says just make sense.

    I know he has a lot of fans (and I first heard of him because he was in the Food, Inc. documentary) but I wish more people could hear what he has to say. If more people could just become more aware of some basic concepts about food and liberty that he explains, I think it would change our society (for the better).

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