Libertarians should Applaud “The Gates”

First, a cartoon (I hope to start these back up with some regularity):

Political Snaps

The Gates” – a massive public art installation – was unfurled Saturday for the start of a 16-day stay transforming miles of footpaths in Central Park. But this is no ordinary installation — expected to cost over $21 million dollars — it is being paid for entirely with private money.

The artists picked up virtually every expense, Bloomberg said, from security to cleanup to recycling the materials used.

And yes, Mayor Bloomberg was actually hit on the head as he helped unfurl one of the gates.

4 Comments
  1. I didn’t say we should applaud the aesthetics :P

    I think it’s a frivolous use of money, but it’s also a private frivolous use of money. So while you’re entitled not to like it (I think it’s a strong piece that shows what man can accomplish), there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

  2. It kind of makes the whole argument that government is less efficient look bad when they spend $21 million plus ($34 million by one report) for 7,500 bed sheets on sticks. Couple grand a bedsheet the way I figure it. Sounds as bad as the Pentagon and at least the Pentagon has the excuse that some of that overbilling is actually where they hide the intelligence budget.

  3. Well, I’m not about to audit “The Gates” just to see where exactly they spent/wasted their money. My point stands that it’s far better for a private individual to be spendthrift with his millions than for the government to force us to subsidize someone else’s frivolousness.