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French Farmers Dump 90,000 Bottles Worth of Spanish Wine Because…Spanish!

Tale from the EU breakup? Or the future of a protectionist America?

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Among the many wonders of the European Union was the creation of a vast, free trade zone in which member countries could more or less import and export goods with, er, impunity (not the right word, as it implies something negative about economic exchange).

French farmers, among the most-subsidized being on the planets, have long been mindful of any and all threats they believe might undermine their way of life. And so, this:

A group of French farmers stopped two Spanish tucks on Monday at the toll gate of Le Boulou in southern France near the border.

The farmers then dumped the wine the vehicles were transporting, according to the Spanish Federation of Freight Transportation (CETM).

The assault took place in front of television crews and French police who "allowed the demonstrators to act with impunity", the CETM, which represents truckers, said in a statement….

"These events, which unfortunately occur regularly, are a cause of concern for the Spanish government, as they represent a flagrant violation of several basic principles of the European Union, such as the free circulation of goods between member states," [the Spanish foreign minister] added.

According to local.fr, a news site, about 10 percent of French farms are on the brink of bankruptcy, which their owners blame on competition. In recent months, aggrieved farmers have taken similar actions against trucks carrying German and Spanish produce.

Spanish bulk wine generally sells for less in France because they are considered inferior goods. One hundred liters costs €30-40 ($34-45), which is about half of what domestic plonk goes for.

Corax news

This sort of anti-trade thinking is so European, right? It's a good thing that here in the good ol' U.S. of A. we understand gains from trade and both major parties understand that allowing cheaper goods into our markets allows us more and better choices, and to concentrate on higher-value goods and services that we're better at, right?

Or just substitute the United States for France and Mexico or China for Spain and pretend it's a story about all the major-party candidates still running for president, each of whom is anti-free-trade to greater or lesser degrees.

Hat tip: Corax, a phenomenal English-language, crowd-sourced, libertarian news aggregation site based in Sweden. Find them on Facebook, too. I cannot recommend this site highly enough, especially if you're interested in global news.

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  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not the Spanish wine

    1. I love Spanish wine

      1. 10 liters for $3.50

        1. Sangria — just saying.

      2. One of the best wines I ever had was in a roof top cafe in Grenada on my honeymoon. My wife took a picture of the bottle so we could order a case for our future anniversaries. Unfortunately the camera was stolen. I still think about that every time I order a Rioja.

        1. Oops. Granada. I have never been to Grenada.

          1. *squints suspiciously*

            Have you ever been in….medical school?

            1. HI EVERYBODY! I mean, no…

        2. Was it the best wine you ever had because of the quality of the wine, or because of the quality of the company?

          1. Probably both. Beautiful scenery, amazing wife, no work, light food, and tasty wine. Sigh*

        3. When I was in Spain last fall, I got some new ideas about Spanish wine. Forget Rioja, Ribiero del Duero is where it’s at.

      3. Bloody terroirists !

    2. This is an atrocity!

      1. They could have just given it all to me! Fuck!

        1. Exactly! Give that stuff away, don’t get rid of it.
          Maybe we should have let ‘you know who’ keep Paris.

          1. If they had given it away it would have hurt French producers even more. Retard? Of course, but they’re French.

            1. They are operating on the same logic that our government used in the Wickard case.

          2. “Maybe we should have let ‘you know who’ keep Paris”

            Rick Blaine & Ilsa Laszlo?

            1. Mr Hilter?

          3. Julius Caesar?

          4. Ragnar Lodbrok?

          5. Charlemagne?

          6. Teh Gays?

          7. Napoleon?

      2. That crap is going to stain the pavement!

    3. It wasn’t Rioja, so…no fucks given.

  2. Spanish bulk wine generally sells for less in France because they are considered inferior goods.

    Well, it is being transported in le tanker trucks.

    1. So that’s what 2 euro worth of wine they dumped?

    2. And maybe French wine is priced where it is due more to reputation than actual quality.

      1. Lots of good cheap French wine. Bordeaux blends usually expensive because they take more effort to make and are often aged for years in French oak barrels.

  3. According to local.fr, a news site, about 10 percent of French farms are on the brink of bankruptcy, which their owners blame on competition.

    If true…

    …more proof that markets work.

  4. French wine is so goddamn overrated. I’ll take Italian or Napa wines over them any day. For the price, I’ll take Spanish wines too.

    (bonus: no antifreeze)

    1. Napa is overrated and overpriced, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying a bunch of it. 😉

      But I luv’s me some Brunello di Montelcino, some Barolo; and some Ribera del Duero.

    2. And Argentine, Aussie, Kiwi…

      Fuck the French.

      1. Hrmm… if you ferment kiwi fruit, what do you get?

        1. ethanol…like everything else

      2. Washington wineries provide most of my cooking wine. Not much for drinking it, as a general thing, but I’ve enjoyed some of the Australian offerings a great deal.

        I’m pretty sure putting anything except basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and olive oil on a margherita in Naples is punished by public execution (without a final cigarette) so the French possibly feel different about the matter.

        1. Haha, I got French laws about prosciutto and cheese all mixed up in my head with Italy. Perhaps the vote of confidence in Washington wines is not helpful to their cause.

    3. It’ll take a good Rioja over a French wine.

      1. As long as it’s not merlot. I will fucking get up and leave if anyone orders a merlot!

        1. No Petrus for you!

          1. No wine is worth $3800 a bottle.

            1. At that price point, it had better be the distilled tears of my enemies and have a kick like Midori Ito.

              1. At least the bottle of Louis XIII is worth something. I heard they do refills, but that is probably an urban legend.

                1. And they won’t refill your Big Gulp cup. You’ll need the bottle.

        2. I,say that toBanjos every time we go out and are cooking at a wine list. And she then says she can’t remember if she saw the movie or not.

          1. Sounds like you need a date night with “Sideways” and her preferred bottle.

            1. Horrible, unwatchable movie.

              1. Rob, you are a man of great wisdom and perception.

          2. where do you eat your breakfast?

        3. If they want to drink merlot ,we’re drinking merlot.

        4. +1 Sideways

      2. It’ll take a good Rioja over a French wine.

        For my birthday last year, we had some ’54 Lopez de Heredia. It was in better shape than I was. Fucking awesome bottle.

    4. Sonoma is much better than Napa. More variety because of the microclimate and geography and, on average, better price (but that gap has narrowed significantly).

      1. Way too hot there. In CA, the better wine areas are places like Mendocino, Santa Cruz, Sierra Foothills…

        1. Paso Robles or gtfo!

          1. Way too hot. Shit wines.

            1. Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast this morning? The area just south of Paso is very far from “too hot”.

              1. I lived there. It’s way too fucking hot for quality wine in any place where they have vines planted. OK for the sort of shit you drink in Texas, where the idea is to get Banjoes so fucked up that you can slip her the worm.

                1. Texas wineries are starting to do some big things, apparently. I have yet to try any of them but I think I will buy a mixed case next time I need to refill my racks.

                  Which reminds me, i don’t know what I’m going to do for wine storage when we move. I have racks for 96 bottles right now but the layout of our new kitchen will make that difficult.

                  Shit, I guess I’ll buy more racks and we will have a wall of wine in our living room.

            2. I know zero about wine. I go to the store, pick out a color (red, white, pink, Blue Nun); and a price point. Anything between $7-$10 will usually do the trick. Sloopy however, knows his way around the wine world.

              Now if you want to talk Kentucky bourbons…

              1. “Now if you want to talk Kentucky bourbons…”

                I do. I really do.

                1. Rowan’s Creek. I got a bottle for Episiarch and then took funny pictures of him.

                  1. What was the shit in the funny bottle you showed me? My daughter and I drank the hell out of it, then woke up the next morning naked and in bed together.

                    We promised not to speak of this.

                    1. Willet’s

                    2. Willet’s I remember having a lot of grassy/hay like flavors. If it’s the one with the long neck you’re talking about.

        2. Mendocino is awesome. It’s been a while since I visited family out there but I remember Sonoma gets a much more variable climate than people realize (and completely different from Napa). The stuff from Lynmar, Ridge, and Justin is all fantastic.

          1. Ridge has made a few Lytton Springs zins that were OK, and Mick Unti did some nice ones in Dry Creek. But the best of Ridge comes from elsewhere.

            1. Yeah, I tend to forget they bring grapes in from other areas. Have you ever tried any Virginia wines? If you like Italian-style, you should check out Barboursville Vineyards. Their Barbera and Nebbiolo Reserves are amazing. The Octagon and Cab Franc regularly win awards against the big California boys too.

              1. Is Keswick Vineyards still doing good stuff?

                1. I think my folks told me their cab franc is very good but I’ve never been.

    5. I’m a big Malbec fan, so much of my wine is South American.

    6. Except for Champagne, yeah. I think the French still win on sparkling wines.

  5. But I’ll bet they didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.

    1. No one does.

  6. I have an idea! We can all get richer by destroying stuff! Heck yeah! The less stuff we have, the richer we are!

  7. Sallie James.

    1. See Mexico? Australia sends us their best people

  8. “These events, which unfortunately occur regularly, are a cause of concern for the Spanish government, as they represent a flagrant violation of several basic principles of the European Union, such as the free circulation of goods between member states,” [the Spanish foreign minister] added.

    “This is what you can do with your stinkin’ basic European Union principles!”

    […] 10 percent of French farms are on the brink of bankruptcy, which their owners blame on competition.

    And they should blame their woes on competition. That is what people here in the US do all the time as well, which you can know when they say with all seriousness “Dem Takem Er Jebz!” at Trumpista rallies.

    In recent months, aggrieved farmers have taken similar actions against trucks carrying German and Spanish produce.

    Sauerkraut ne passe pas!

    1. You know who else was a sour kraut?

      1. Kaiser Wilhelm?

  9. If wine doesn’t contain the particular chemical compounds that come through from French terroir, is it even wine? At what point does that label become fraudulent?

    1. My friend says “If it tastes like dirt and smells like a sweaty sock, it must be Burgundy”

    2. When you can’t get sloshed off a bottle?

    3. The operant word in the wine world is “spoofulation.” The vast majority of wine, independent of its origin, has nothing even vaguely terroir-like in it- and that includes a lot of expensive wine. Cultured yeasts, enzyme packages, high-yielding clones, late picking, and the pressures from critics like Robert Parker (who want BIG TITTY WINE and are insensitive to anything resembling a nuance) have pretty much reduced most wines to anonymous fruit bombs.

      1. BTW, I was recently at a tasting of all of the top Bordeaux from 2000. It was… depressing. They could have come from anywhere.

      2. So what I hear you saying is the FDA should be more involved. For the winos.

        1. Do you mean Francisco d’Ancona? Yeah, he’d do well. He has to learn to wear shoes first, though- barefoot grape stomping is unhygienic.

        2. Winos can’t think for themselves, Nicole. It’s why they’re winos. They need the government to think for them.

    4. *cracks knuckles, gets ready for 200 comment debate about what constitutes real wine*

      1. Wine is spoiled grape juice someone left is a barrel too long.

        The proper response is to dump it.

        1. Spoiled grapes; spoiled apples; spoiled honey; spoiled grain. It’s all good.

          1. I think UCS doesn’t like booze in general…maybe malt liquor, I’m not sure.

            1. A distilled spirit that hasn’t been contaminated by being left in a burnt wooden cask is just fine. Anything that leaves the rot in or has been left to soak in contaminants from the wood is undrinkable.

              1. This is the worst thing I have ever read on the Internet.

            2. …maybe malt liquor…

              He doesn’t drink anything that hasn’t received Lando Calrissian’s seal of approval.

        2. I love when people get butthurt that other people enjoy something. It’s so fucking stupid.

          1. As long as the butthurt doesn’t turn into criminal law, I could care less.

          2. Mmmm deep dish /runs away

            1. I bet you like Next Generation better than Original Series too! You sicken me!

          3. UCS doesn’t like anything good. It’s his special talent.

    5. At what point does it become cultural appropriation? The horror.

    6. It is not wine. People who buy wine expect it to come from France.

      They should call this “Fermented Iberian grape juice,” that would be more informative for consumers.

      1. “Imitation wine juice”

        1. “Grape juice fortified with alcohol”

          1. Mad Dog 20/20

          2. “potable grape-based ethanol”

  10. Man, you people have shit taste in wine, that’s all I can say.

    1. Guess who’s not getting an invite to my next boxed wine and aerosol cheese party?

      1. Nikki?

      2. Hitler?

    2. Does Grape Crush and 190 count?

    3. Most wine can be improved with diet Sprite.

      *ducks and runs*

      1. I once caught a guest making a scotch and soda with Johnny Walker Green and Sprite Zero.

        1. *thump*

          (that was the sound of me fainting and falling out of my chair)

        2. …and you buried him where? I’m not going to snitch, I just want to piss on the grave.

          1. She and I just let it go. But put up the good stuff the next time she came over.

            1. I had a friend get bent out of shape because guest drank about half a bottle of blue label. If you don’t want something drunk (drank?), don’t leave it out at a party.

              1. That’s how I roll. What’s available for the evening is out on the buffet. What’s still in the cabinet isn’t available for the evening. You don’t go through my closet to find clothes to wear, so why would you think you can go through my liquor cabinet to find booze to drink?

                Seriously. I work in a place that has its own morgue. If you don’t want to see the inside of my morgue, keep your meathooks out of my liquor cabinet.

        3. So, where did you bury the body?

        4. I’m not sure Sprite can make scotch drinkable. I have a strong aversion to drinking liquid ash tray.

          1. More for me, then. Woo-hoo!

  11. I cannot recommend this site highly enough, especially if you’re interested in global news.

    Why would I be? President Trump is going to make sure the rest of the world stays there.

  12. Holy crap, look at all the wine drinking fags around here!

    1. Buncha cosmos.

      1. Cosmo? No thank you. I did have my first sidecar last night. It was really good.

        1. A friend of mine ordered a Sidecar at a local restaurant. They had no idea what it was, but rather than admit it they sent out a vodka martini with another vodka martini on the side in a little glass jug.

          1. My non native born wife ordered a cosmopolitan and rum and coke in a dance club once (don’t ask why our not 20 year old asses were in a club). Dude looks at her, grabs two bud lights, and yells SIX DOLLARS!

            She came back and said I needed to get the drinks from now on.

            1. Only six dollars?

          2. I had dinner at Urbain40 last night. They had an amazing bar, so I took a chance. I usually order straight spirits when out because most bartenders are rubbish. The sidecar they made was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. Also the bread pudding was stellar.

            1. A well-made Sidecar changes a lot of people’s minds about cocktails. That and a gin martini made with non-spoiled vermouth are the first things I make for doubters.

              1. a martini has gin by definition; that’s why you have to specify vodka martini if you are such a monster you prefer vodka over gin

            2. Just googled Urbain40. Apoarently it is located in a city named “Doctor Phillips, FL”.

              Any relation to Dr. Detroit, MI?

          3. A friend of mine ordered a Sidecar at a local restaurant. They had no idea what it was, but rather than admit it they sent out a vodka martini with another vodka martini on the side in a little glass jug.

            That is beautiful.

        2. I had a Pimm’s cup, served in a Pimp Cup.

    2. Bender: I’ve been perusing your fortified wine list and I’ve selected the ’71 Hobo’s Delight, the ’57 Chateau Part? and the ’66 Thunder Chevitz.

      Waiter: Exquisite choices, sir.

      Bender: And mix them all together in a big jug.

    3. I not only drink wine, I make wine! I made my first Red last season and it is terrible. Virginia Cabernet Franc that got waterlogged at the end of the season. Tastes like tobacco and leather – very strange and probably needed to be blended with something else.

  13. I don’t drink much wine,but ,I do like wines form Spain,Calif.,Chile ,Italy and some Aussie wines.really like port. BTW,would.

  14. Whining about wine? Peak hit and run has been achieved.

    1. We have not yet begun to defile ourselves.

        1. Me too. Time to hit the showers.

        2. Some of us are privileged shitlord motherfuckers who got an early start. The rest will have to struggle along with their so-called “dignity” and manage as best they can.

    2. The bunch of homos will probably start arguing about mayonnaise and catsup next.

      And these are the people who think they should be in charge.

      SMDH

      1. Do you like mayonnaise and catsup on your hamburger sandwich?

    3. *throws main breaker*

      Alright! Everybody out!

      1. (starts rifling through people’s coat pockets in the dark)

        1. That’s not my coat pocket, but keep going…

  15. Napa Valley is a great place to grow potatoes or artichokes; rich soil, hot climate. Wine does much better elsewhere.

    1. It’s not Napa in general but the microclimates on some of the hillsides that generate some good varietals of wine. Same goes for the area just south of Paso Robles. It’s hot as balls there in general, but you get into some shaded valleys that get a few hours of direct sun a day (before the hottest part) and the rest is partial sun and temps in the 80’s when it’s 110 on the other side of the hill. That’s potentially a perfect climate for some wines.

      1. Most of the hillsides are not available for planting. And they’re still hotter than fuck, so you end up with 15% alcohol monstrosities.

        I wince when the term “varietal” is misused. But you’re from Texas, so I expect it.

        1. ::cracks OMWC over head with bottle of Cakebread Cabernet::

          1. /avoids getting any in mouth

            1. That’s how you end up getting it in your hair.

        2. How did I use “varietal” the wrong way? I was correctly referring to the varietals (wines) that come from the grapes, not the different type of grapes planted.

          And since most wines coming from decent wineries in Napa are varietals rather than blends, seeing as the majority of the grapes used are from the same variety (Cab, Chardonney, Merlot, etc).

          1. A varietal is a wine made from a single variety of grape. Assuming that there are any decent wineries in Napa (which I don’t really believe, except maybe, possibly Corison), they almost all produce Cab-Merlot blends (“Meritage” is the marketing term), GSM blends, and often white blends (e.g., Conundrum or that weird Chenin-Viognier shit from Pine Ridge).

            1. You’re crazy as a shithouse rat if you don’t think all of those wineries sell varietals. I’ve probably got 30-40 bottles of Napa and Sonoma varietals in my kitchen right now.

              Probably have two dozen more from Paso or Carneros as well.

  16. You,know, that’s less than four water trucks worth of,wine. That amount probably gets consumed in one neighborhood in Paris (except,the Arab one’s, obviously) on a Tuesday afternoon between two and three o’clock.

    Protectionism is idiotic, but that amount is probably insignificant in the grand scheme,of things.

    1. And according to nannies here, their all ‘problem drinkers’. As are the Italians and Germans.

  17. I see the French are hard at work on their negative railroad.

    “…for the more there are of these breaks in the line, the greater will be the amount paid for storage, porters, and cartage at every point along the way. By this means, we shall end by having a railroad composed of a whole series of breaks in the tracks, i.e., a negative railroad.”

    -Bastiat

    OT: this one time at Army camp, we were marching on a road and had to move to the side so one of these guys could drive past. That was cool.

    1. That would be fun to shoot

    2. what was the location of your flute at that time?

      1. If by “flute” you mean “M16”, that was in my hands.

  18. I thought the cosmos wanted to be more like Europe.

  19. Hat tip: Corax, a phenomenal English-language, crowd-sourced, libertarian news aggregation site based in Sweden. Find them on Facebook, too. I cannot recommend this site highly enough, especially if you’re interested in global news

    Sounds interesting.

    (looks)

    The format. I thought swedes were… design specialists

    They also seem to have 10% “crazy shit” mixed in with all their news. Is that libertarian? I guess so. They link to North Korean screaming gibberish and Infowars style conspiracy moonbattery. And also (which i suppose others might take exception to more than the former) occasional “Christian” news sources. Even better = Christian *preppers*

    1. Crazy shit like this?

      Texas is losing the battle against feral hogs, despite simple hunting rules

      I can’t even fire an airsoft gun almost anywhere. I am aware of cases where people had the cops called on them for firing pellet guns INSIDE their backyards. I wonder what these ‘simple rules’ look like.

      1. I saw that i assumed it was just swedes having a laugh at the idea of Texans at war with an army of pigs.

        But it could also be that “Swedish Libertarians” aren’t crazy about guns. Their format is so painful i couldnt be asked to dig deeper.

        1. In country where favoring a 2% reduction in taxes makes you a “far right” extremist…

          1. Are you talking about Sweden or the United States?

            1. Does it matter?

      2. A very wealthy friend of mine hunts feral hogs in Texas from a helicopter. Das ist nicht verboten, glaube ich.

    2. “North Korea strongly condemns UN Security Council for not imposing sanctions on US after war games said to threaten world peace and violate right to self-defence”

      LOL

      1. The UN would probably try it if the US didn’t have veto power.

  20. Trade is bad because it creates competition and efficiencies, which put people out of work.

    (How a progressive actually thinks.)

    1. Well, yeah. Businesses exist to employ people, not to provide goods and services to customers while making profits for the owners. Only greedy capitalist pigs think the latter.

  21. Does anybody else wish they were underneath that spigot with their mouth wide open? It’s like slab-the-bag but a hundred times better.

  22. “”These events, which unfortunately occur regularly, are a cause of concern for the Spanish government, as they represent a flagrant violation of several basic principles of the European Union, such as the free circulation of goods between member states,” [the Spanish foreign minister] added.”

    I like that his main problem is that it violates the ‘principles of the European Union,’ not that they destroyed a bunch of property.

    Apparently destruction of property is only wrong if the EU says it is.

    1. Property rights took a backseat to state power long ago on that continent.

  23. By the way, if you want good, decent and relatively inexpensive red wine, check out Hug cellars in Paso Robles. It’s definitely a good little find that hasn’t been discovered yet.

  24. Remember: these are the people that Progressive retards think we should emulate.

    1. Well, yeah. Europeans are like enlightened and stuff, because, um, social democracy or something, you know?

  25. And that video: Sallie James? How did I miss her? Daaaaaammmmnnnnnnn.

    Would.

    TIWTANFL

  26. A very wealthy friend of mine hunts feral hogs in Texas from a helicopter.

    Using one of these, I hope.

    1. A friend of mine also did that; unfortunately I was not able to join him. He used an AK-47. No limit.

  27. I didn’t see it mentioned, so I guess they surrendered to the German wine?

    1. Threat Levels of various countries

      England
      Miffed
      Peeved
      Irritated
      A Bit Cross
      Tiresome
      A Bloody Nuisance

      Scotland
      Pissed off
      Let’s get the bastards!

      France
      Run
      Hide
      Surrender
      Collaborate

      Italy
      Shout Loudly and Excitedly
      Elaborate Military Posturing
      Ineffective Combat Operations
      Change Sides

      Germany
      Disdainful Arrogance
      Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs
      Invade a Neighbor
      Lose

      Australia
      No worries
      She’ll be right, mate
      Crikey!
      I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend
      The barbie is cancelled

      1. That reminds me of this axis from HBR showing levels of cultural differences in acting confrontational or emotional
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…..ional.html

        (and you know who else put Germany in an axis..)

  28. Who needs 27 types of wine, anyway? What difference, at this point, does it make?

  29. “These events, which unfortunately occur regularly”

    France is literally the WORST!! The unholy union between snobs and nannies!!

  30. And as far as the so-called “many wonders of the European Union” go, the free movement of goods and people is pretty much the only good thing about it.

    In every other regard, it’s a proven disaster and a failure.

    1. , the free movement of goods and people is pretty much the only good thing about it.
      Ahem.

  31. Hat tip: Corax, a phenomenal English-language, crowd-sourced, libertarian news aggregation site

    Looking at it now, but gah! The typewriter style wall of text is a little difficult to take. Will grit my teeth and push through.

    1. 1994 just called, and it wants its website back!

      1. From my perspective, it’s like 1984 called and wants its BBS back. Sure, I appreciate the hyperlinks and the fact that it loads at faster than 1200 baud, but jeebus.

        1. You’re right. It looks like it could very easily have been created by a CompuServe subscriber.

  32. Just remember: all the booze you ever spill is collected in a barrel. When you die, Jesus will punish you for the sin of wasting liquor by shoving you into the barrel. If you drown, you go to hell.

    These farmers are in trouble after spilling an entire tank truck.

    1. Is the wine in each man’s barrel proportional to his contribution to the effort, or does every man get the full barrel?

      /waxes philosophical

      1. “Its your turn in the barrel”

  33. According to local.fr, a news site, about 10 percent of French farms are on the brink of bankruptcy, which their owners blame on competition.

    Sacrebleu!

    The article doesn’t mention it, but this is merely escalation of the farmers’ less effective strategy of pelting passing tanker trucks with their wooden shoes.

  34. impunity (not the right word, as it implies something negative about economic exchange)

    how about immunity?

  35. How comforting it is that “libertarians” like Walter Block, Lew Rockwell, and other Mises Institute clods are supporting/promoting Trump and his fascist economics.

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