"[M]onopoly profits exist over the long run only when the government guarantees them, as in utilities and cable. And for concentration of market power, no robber baron can hold a candle to the U.S. government.... The hugest concentration of market power in this country does not lie with the likes of Rupert Murdoch or Bill Gates, but with government itself.... No private company, no matter how huge or wealthy, could possibly have as much widespread power over the function of American markets as government does." ~ Brian Doherty
Vermont's Raw Arrogance
Column by Alex R. Knight III.
Exclusive to STR
Of course, it’s already common knowledge for the most part that Vermonters have the temerity to carry firearms without any form of government say-so – even neighboring “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire will not suffer such uppitiness from the mere non-governmental hoi polloi. But another freedom – albeit not nearly as well known – exists here in the Green Mountains, one which must make the political psychopaths in neighboring regions fume with teeth-gnashing rage. For as evidenced in the press in recent times, government savagery is second-to-none when dealing with this perceived menace: Pennsylvania farmers have had their entire operations seized, and have been hit with insane fines on account of it. Recently, a group of women known as the Freedom Riders procured some, then went and consumed it in front of FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. A farmer in Minnesota has recently sworn to keep selling it, even if he’s jailed by government thugs. And as if these transgressions against the unquestionable authority of the State were not brazen enough, the Pennsylvania Amish have even gotten in on the act – leaving government agents no choice but to organize full-blown SWAT-style raids against these evil pacifists.I’m of course talking about raw milk. Yes, Vermonters actually have the gall to produce, sell, and consume it. And the parasites in Montpelier actually sanction it.To be sure, raw milk is made subject to numerous inspections and restrictions by said parasites, and is only supposed to be sold for “fluid consumption.” This means it is not supposed to be sold for “manufacturing of milk products other than fluid milk.”