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The Pentagon’s Balloon Madness Recalls Major Rudolf Anderson


This plea comes from the bottom of my heart. Every friend of freedom, and I know you are one, must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence. A country in which shooting down unidentified planes “on suspicion” can be seriously considered as a drug-war tactic is not the kind of United States that either you or I want to hand on to future generations.
Milton Friedman, “An Open Letter to Bill Bennett” [1989]


February 24, 2023

The Pentagon’s Balloon Madness Recalls Major Rudolf Anderson
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon recently spent at least $1.5 million to down high-altitude objects, including the infamous Chinese balloon that supposedly was spying on the United States. Oh well, what’s another $1.5 million added onto a national debt of almost $31.6 trillion dollars? The entire panicked brouhaha over the Chinese balloon caused me to think about Major Rudolf Anderson, …

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