Without exception, we have found that these issues excited both sides of the aisle. To the Republicans, this is small business and entrepreneurship held back by meaningless regulations.The reason both the Left and the Right fail to properly understand these issues is that Americans still tend to view politics in primarily democratic terms. But make no mistake, Salatin and his farm have not been hindered primarily by Republicans or Democrats, but by bureaucrats, that is, full time government employees. The problem is not simply that there are too many laws on the books. The problem is that our laws hand over an inordinate amount of discretionary power to permanent--and unelected--members of the government. This is no longer a problem that can be dealt with democratically, at least not directly.
To the Democrats, this is about environmental farming and chemical-free food accessing the marketplace. As the alternative food movement continues to gain steam, I enjoy watching the liberals squirm when they find their freedom of food choice arbitrarily quashed by their partners in the government. Those folks that are supposed to insure fairness and equality for all the citizens.
And it's equally interesting to watch the Republicans squirm when they realize the collusion between the bureaucracy and Wall Street. The coziness between tax breaks and the seats of power. Corporate welfare. When tax-free bonds are handed out like candy to big players but little players get whacked on the nose if they have one "NOT FOR SALE" package on an invoice.
And it's also worth echoing Salatin on one point which can't be stressed enough: powerful people tend to collude. Letting big corporations get their way is hardly "libertarian;" just the same, handing over more and more power to government bureaucrats seems hardly "liberal."