Postrel: Need a Light Bulb? Uncle Sam Chooses. in California, where I live, this plenitude no longer includes what most shoppers want: an inexpensive, plain-vanilla 100-watt incandescent bulb. Selling them is now illegal here. The rest of the country has until the end of the year to stock up before a federal ban kicks in. (I have a stash in storage.) Over the next two years, most lower-wattage incandescents will also disappear.
The bulb ban makes sense only one of two ways: either as an expression of cultural sanctimony, with a little technophilia thrown in for added glamour, or as a roundabout way to transfer wealth from the general public to the few businesses with the know-how to produce the light bulbs consumers don’t really want to buy.
Or, of course, as both. [Bloomberg]
Not content with banning capitalism, agriculture, and chemistry (aka “the War on Drugs”), the Evil Empire is now banning light bulbs. Of course, this is the same country that previously banned toilets–there’s really nothing so minor or silly that the government won’t threaten to murder people over it.