December 29, 2007

Light Bulb Libertarian.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:02 pm

Linking to this post, a “Guest Blogger” at the website Forecast Earth (part of the organization) referred to me as a “light bulb libertarian.”

Hmmmmm …

It is notable that John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel has said of global warming, “It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM.”

“Light Bulb Libertarian?” Yep, I’m fine with that.


  1. Light Bulb Libertarian?, yes. Clown Libertarian?, no. You don’t suffer “clowns” gladly.

    Comment by dan — December 29, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  2. Okay, I’m a lightbulb libertarian too. Oddly enough we mostly use the CF bulbs in our house. Certainly in lights we use the most. But we do have some lights that are not suited to CF bulbs for various reasons. So we have regular bulbs in those.

    I’m waiting to find out that the CF bulbs (which I use to save money and because the suckers don’t burn out so fast) cause several fatal forms of cancer and will lead us all to die slow horrible deaths… but the earth won’t be too hot when it happens so the greenies should be happy about that. Heh.

    Comment by Teresa — December 29, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  3. Now here’s the thing. I know that some people believe “global warming” is a scam, a lie…whatever. But why is everyone so *angry* about it? Even if it’s completely untrue, isn’t it just better to conserve anyway? It saves money and reduces pollution. Now don’t get me wrong. I drive an SUV and usually have every light on in the house. And I really don’t care for fluorescents, unless they are in an area where you don’t need “mood lighting”…like the basement. But when I look out my window and can’t see the hills for the smog, I do feel like it’s important to try to conserve, even if it’s just some little thing.

    So why the anger?

    Comment by DogsDontPurr — December 29, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

  4. Well, referring to your being called a “Lightbulb Libertarian,” regarding your lightbulb post, it is also notable that Epictetus, the always-quotable Greek Stoic philosopher, said: “The question at stake is no common one; it is this — Are we in our senses, or are we not?” — Epictetus LXXIV

    Funny, because while slowly reducing our dependence on foreign oil is admirable, when the President signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 — thereby promoting a National Nanny State for the foreseeable future — I suspect he may have taken a temporary leave of his own senses. Oy!

    ”Di velt iz groisse; ireh tsoires noch gresser.” — Yiddish Proverb, “The world is great; its problems, greater.”

    Can I be a Light Bulb Libertarian, too?

    Comment by Erica — December 29, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  5. Better to be a Lightbulb then a dimwit.

    Comment by LeeAnn — December 29, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

  6. Wow. Do people read this person? Does this mean you are famous? I can tell people I know THE light bulb libertarian. Holy crap. I’m basking in the glow of greatness…

    Comment by Bou — December 29, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

  7. I find it amusing to no end when people use the word “libertarian” in the form of an epithet, as if it were some sort of insult. Heaven forbid people exercise a bit of common sense and self-reliance when managing their affairs! Oh, but no. That won’t do at all. There must be governmental regulations (needlessly complex and short-sighted, of course) to control every aspect of our lives, including how we light our homes. God knows, we’re not capable of making responsible decisions on our own.

    Jimbo, your Big Brother post probably wasn’t too far off the mark. And that terrifies me.

    Comment by Agamemnon Jones — December 29, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

  8. I like a lot of the Libertarian stuff.

    As for the “anger” about green-y busybodies — in my case, it’s because I resent government interference and intrusions in general. The backfiring and shortsightedness and UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of the do-gooders’ best-laid plans. The mission creep. The incrementalism. The having to flush the low-flush toilet 6 times. I resent that over 400 internationally-respected scientists have said Global Warming is total BUNK but that, despite that, the highest levels of governments all over the world are acting as though GW is an immutable fact and working hard, even as we speak, to alter our lives in permanently stupid ways based on the junk or at least highly questionable theory of GW.

    And, finally, by mere virtue of being an American, I distinctly recall taking a solemn vow to be continuously pissed off about shit all the time.


    Comment by dogette — December 30, 2007 @ 10:22 am

  9. It’s not bad being a Light Bulb Libertarian – it means the Light Bulb o’ Thinking is flashing above yer cruller.

    Those fluorescent energy saving bulbs? I’m all for ’em…if you do the math and they save enough energy to justify the higher initial outlay. But I don’t want anybody telling me I have to buy them. Let the market economy sort it out

    Me, I’m a Colander Conservative. If you have colanders, ya gotta conserve ’em. When worn properly, they help keep the moonbeams outta yer brain.

    Comment by Elisson — December 30, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  10. The Weather Channel blog? How will I find time to read this between games of D&D and watching anime?

    Comment by Vernunft — January 2, 2008 @ 12:21 am

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