November 5, 2010




A well known but poorly attributed sentiment on free trade states, "If goods don't cross borders, armies will."

Frederic Bastiat wrote, "By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others."

And Ayn Rand wrote, "So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another--their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

All of these values are expressed through the brand new ThreeSources-dot-com bumper sticker: COEXI$T - Don't Demand the Unearned.

It stands in clear contrast to the popular "" Coexist bumper sticker that promotes "religious freedom, tolerance and understanding." Not that any of these things are objectionable but they don't, in and of themselves, lead to peaceful coexistence. Free, voluntary, uncoerced trade does - and the symbol of trade is the sign of the dollar.

Don't Demand the Unearned Shameless Self Promotion Posted by John Kranz at November 5, 2010 10:39 AM

Heh -- Brother jg is glad to launch on Guy Fawkes's Day. "Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot; I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot."

Posted by: jk at November 5, 2010 11:06 AM

Today's special promotion: Click "Buy Now" before midnight tonight and your state's capitol building will be spared from massive subterrainean explosions!

(That's right blog brothers and sisters... the "Buy Now" button really works! It's not just a clever sight gag.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 5, 2010 11:44 AM

jg: can I buy them, and skip the bonus? I'm not all that averse to fireworks in Sacramento today.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at November 5, 2010 12:22 PM

If any state capitol in the nation deserves that fate, none is more worthy than California's. Alas, it is only a bumper sticker.

Would you settle for "Its ideas are bulletproof?"

Posted by: johngalt at November 5, 2010 1:33 PM

That, or: "Its ideas are nuclear." Mine would be banned in California, while yours would merely be strangled by regulation.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at November 5, 2010 2:08 PM

I want 3, but am not quite ready to set up PayPal. Soon, very soon...

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 7, 2010 1:06 AM

That's the spirit - get one for each car!

I was surprised to learn that paying through PayPal, even with credit card, results in "signing up" for a PayPal account. It looks like it's mostly just to save your personal information and gain your consent to their user agreement (pages of legal jargon to protect them from the trial lawyers association.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 7, 2010 9:18 AM

NB -- I feel your pain. I have other reasons to need PayPal but it is a service that elite economists frequently describe as "icky."

I would happily intercede and pay brother jg out of my PayPal account and acept your personal check. Email jk [aht] three sources [dought] com if you'd like to pursue.

Posted by: jk at November 7, 2010 11:16 AM

Here's where I thought it would be a good idea to have a PO box. Maybe when we're rich and famous. (Or just famous.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2010 1:37 AM | What do you think? [9]