In our weekly podcast Contra Krugman (which refutes one Paul Krugman column per week), co-host Bob Murphy and I have too much fun with the cruise promotion.
When we want to segue into a plug for our annual cruise, we always begin with, “You know where you won’t….”
As in: “You know where you won’t have to deal with libertarian drama….”
But we come up with funny ones, related to whatever the other person is saying.
It’s not just a schtick, though.
There is, after all, plenty about the world as it is that we’d all just as soon leave behind.
Just one example:
Today I read about an underground, anonymous newspaper at Taylor University, a Christian institution I’d never heard of before, that sought to counter the “social justice” approach to race and other issues that pervades the campus. It’s published by faculty and students alike.
(I think you know why the paper has to be underground and anonymous — even though its content is standard-issue conservative and not alt Right at all.)
The campus, including the university’s president, responded with the predictable hysteria to what looks to me like a fairly milquetoast publication.
It has “served to strike fear in some students,” the president said.
This from people whose thuggish conduct is what forced the authors to write anonymously in the first place.
A group of outraged faculty signed a petition against the publication, arguing that “in an anonymous publication, the authors have no credibility, however deserving they may be.”
Now had this anonymous publication been assembled by an official victim group, the response would have been:
“This episode constitutes an opportune moment for us to examine our own behavior, to try to understand why a group of people would feel unsafe revealing their names or expressing their opinions.
“Our university should be a place where all feel welcome.”
Instead, we get, in effect: if we find out who you SOBs are, you’ll be sorry.
These are the folks who intimidate people into silence at universities across the country. And not just universities: places of employment, too, where people know what they can’t say if they want to keep their jobs.
These are the people who shout down and intimidate speakers.
And these are the people who — laughably — portray themselves as victims.
Leave that behind for a week?
You’d better believe it.
A week of laughter, knowledge, and friendship — plus, not having to explain yourself all the time.
It is the best week of the year.
Mises Institute president Jeff Deist and comedian and podcaster Dave Smith — whose Libertas was the #1 comedy album on iTunes for three solid weeks last year — will be joining us as special guests.
At the top of ContraCruise.com, click CRUISE INFO and EVENT HIGHLIGHTS to see a fantastic four-minute video of what our first cruise was like.
Trust me, you want to be there for this: