Why Government Is Responsible for the Saggy Pants Problem

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Dr. Paul
Hein makes some
excellent observations
with regard to the outrageousness of
the city of Atlanta attempting to impose a ban on saggy pants. But,
I believe that the problem goes even beyond the attempt by a government
to become fashion police. It is in fact the government that is responsible
for the saggy fashion in the first place.

I came across
this discovery on a recent trip to New York City. I have a good
friend that owns a pawn-shop there. I visited him at his shop. It
is on the edge of what would certainly be deemed a tough neighborhood.
Although my friend has the place stocked with hidden guns and baseball
bats, I would still wince every time someone came in that I would
deem a character. What was interesting about these characters, is
that they all had shirts hanging out of their pants and they all
had saggy, baggy pants. It was impossible to tell, by their wearing
that kind of clothing, whether they had a gun or any other type
of weapon on them. Then it dawned on me. This is Ayn Rand’s form
fitting function. This is about street drug dealer types adopting
a fashion style that makes it very difficult for police to observe
if they are carrying drugs or weapons.

If drug dealers
wore tighter clothing, the silhouette of a gun could much more easily
be identified by passing police. With saggy, baggy pants and shirts
hanging out, it is impossible. This is also why you see so many
coats with hoods, in drug-infested areas. It’s another case of form
fitting function. Big Brother puts up cameras, so the drug dealers
put up their hoods when they are doing a deal.

Of course,
there are others who follow the lead of gun-carrying drug dealers
and wear this fashion, even though they aren’t dealing drugs or
carrying drugs, but in the neighborhoods they live in, they sure
better look like they are carrying. Otherwise, who is going to protect
them, when they come across a true gangster, the police? Not likely.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. In the hood, do as the government-created
gangsters do.

I personally
find the saggy, baggy pants and hooded sweat shirt style about as
ridiculous and ugly a fashion statement as you can have, but the
dealers are doing what they have to under oppressive government
laws. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem: legalize
gun carrying and drugs.

Upon the legalization
of gun carrying and drugs, I predict the saggy, baggy pants-wearing
fashion will be gone in six months, maybe less.

Now
aside from having the pleasure of walking down a city street without
the eyesore of this government-caused fashion style, we will once
again have the freedoms associated with the right to carry guns
and the right of drug dealers to provide a demanded public service.
Note: It is not my intention to go beyond the saggy, baggy pants
problem here, but if anyone has a problem with drug dealers, I recommend
they read Walter Block’s brilliant book, Defending
the Undefendable
, which not only defends drug dealers but
male chauvinist pigs and a multitude of others scorned by society.
Block’s book received high praise from F.A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard,
Henry Hazlitt, Dr. Thomas S. Szasz and Robert Nozick.

November
1, 2007

Robert
Wallach [send him mail]
is editor and publisher of EconomicsBriefing.com.

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