Do liberals smoke?
Do liberals drink beer?
Ugly little electric cars?
OK. You can stop now.
I'm reminded of my theory by an editorial in this morning's New York Times, a liberal bastion if there ever was one. It doesn't involve taxation, but it relates. It''s about writers (get it? writers? New York Times?) being subjected to civil penalties because of the words they've written having been found to be false and malicious and written for the purpose of defaming someone.
In other words, it's about libel judgments.
Well, by God, we can't allow that!!!
Libel TourismYeah, Congress needs to drop what it's doing and defend the New York Times and its contributors.
American law, with its strong First Amendment traditions, makes it hard to sue authors for libel. To get around these protections, book subjects have been suing American authors in England, where the libel law is much less writer-friendly. Two states — New York and Illinois — have already adopted laws prohibiting “libel tourism,” and several more, including Florida and California, may soon join them.
That is a good start, but it still leaves writers with only a patchwork of protection. Congress needs to pass a law that makes clear that no American court will enforce libel judgments from countries that provide less protection for the written word. [link]
This is the same New York Times that gleefully runs spurious stories (supplied by trial lawyers for the plaintiffs) about lawsuits being brought overseas against American oil companies, monetary judgments from which class action plaintiff's lawyers will expect America's courts to enforce.
Odd. They haven't run an editorial denouncing that practice yet .
Remember: Liberals aren't in the oil business. Or the pharmaceuticals business. Or the tobacco business. So tax the crap out of them. Sue the crap out of them. Foreign courts? Fine.
They can't do that!!!!!
Theory tested. Theory confirmed.