Thursday, September 23, 2010

Teamster wisdom on political economy

If God allowed everybody to die in bed, the government would regulate that we'd have to sleep standing up."

-Alex (on History Channel show Ice Road Truckers, Season 2 Episode 4).


For context: Alex is driving a big-rig and hauling a 45-ton piece of mining equipment across the arctic ocean. The road he's driving on consists of nothing but frozen ice, and there's a blizzard rapidly approaching.

In addition to steady nerves and a dry sense of humor, the man has an intuition for political economy. I'll just let the quote above stand on its own. Thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. There is a history of perverse motivation in governmental control that Alex has nailed.

    So why do people, and by extension, governments, demand meddlesome action for so many situations?

    By my lights, it’s not a healthy inclination for our society to indulge.

    Alex may have found the right way to weaken the inclination by using ridicule.