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Invisible Hands Shuts Off Libertarian Magazine’s Elevator

The invisible hand wants all the people on Hoverounds to be hit by a bus.

Koch Brothers slash-fiction pamphlet Reason is sporting this sad-face note on its Washington headquarters today. (And why is Reason in Washington? The same reason the Koch Brothers live in magnificent New York City instead of a piece of dirt with no roads and sewer system in the middle of the Texas panhandle, we guess!) Anyway, it’s healthy to take the stairs, so let’s hope the Invisible Hand never turns this elevator back on. Photo via Wonkette operative “Joshua” on Connecticut Avenue.

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  1. Come here a minute

    It's a reasonable bet that they all tried the elevator button before risking their lives on the long trip up the stairs.

    1. Rotundo_

      I don't know about that, crop dusting all the way up a stairwell can make it a pretty awful place to be for a short time. Perhaps not as in-your-face (specifically nostrils) but a relatively pungent way to leave your thoughts with them. If you get your timing down you can carpet bomb them anonymously as well, which adds to the fun.

  2. Mumbletypeg

    This isn't really bad news for these Koch traffickers, accustomed as they are to riding on the backs of whiny fright-fetishists to get most anywhere.

    1. PalinzADummy

      "whiny fright-fetishists," eh? Is your *real* name Wonkette, Jr., by any chance? Or Kirsten Boyd Johnson, maybe? Hmmm?

          1. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

            Nah. The original handle (V572625…) was my Victoria's Secret machine-generated password. Now it's part of that plus a rebus to match the incumbent avatar.

          2. KeepFnThatChicken

            Weird, because I always thought that you were a guy.

            Now that I hear this, it just makes you a tranny.

          3. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

            Guy who likes to buy gifts for GFs. She's moved on to, though, where one may while away barely-safe-for-work hours.Sent from my iPad

  3. snarkycomments

    The advantage of the libertarian system is that if one elevator fails you can install a different elevator and let the two elevators compete in the marketplace.

    1. Naked_Bunny

      If Reason's employees don't like the elevators, they can always make their own elevator or move to another building with elevators they like.

  4. emmelemm

    As someone who lives in a newish condo building that had serious elevator problems, and having been on the Board while trying to fight Big Elevator…. I don't know where I was going with this.

    1. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

      As a condo-dweller myself, I often wonder what conceivable benefit can inhere to being on a condo board. Helping your neighbors, yeah, yeah, sounds great. But how can you (legally) monetize it?

      1. emmelemm

        It has certainly been one of the shittier experiences of my life, and my mental health has suffered for it.

        Also, whether you can legally monetize it or not depends on your condo's Declaration, and with ours (and most others), you can't.

        1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

          But surely there is a lot of condo tail at those board meetings, just waiting to be seduced by your power?

          1. emmelemm

            {heavy HEAVY sigh}

            First, I'm a lady. Second, about 50% of the people who live in my building are single women. Third, all of the people on the Board are women.

            Also: in case you didn't know, women are BITCHES, man. Especially a bunch of them together, locked in a potential power-struggle situation.

          2. Lionel[redacted]Esq

            So, where in Seattle is this condo full of bitchy, single women. I might be willing to take a loss on my house.

            Part of my job is dealing with condo boards. It has convinced me that I'm very happy in my house in an old neighborhood with no HOA or others to report to. I do not envy you, although a condo board cat fight might be fun to watch.

          3. emmelemm

            Hmm… at the risk of being stalked by revealing too much, as it would be obvious what building I'm referring to, it's between Greenlake and the University.

            No catfights, just glorious Seattle passive-aggressive thinly veiled insults.

            Seriously, at one point I was like, "What the fuck? Is this real, or my perception?" Then, I went to the property tax website, where you can see a list of all units in your building, and the owners, and counted up how many owners I personally could identify as in this category, and ended up at minimum 50% of total owners being single women between the ages of 30 and 60.

          4. Lionel[redacted]Esq

            Don't worry about stalking, as that takes way too much energy. Anyway, I work on the waterfront and live in Tacoma, so you are in the wrong direction anyway.

            You got to love Seattle passive-aggressiveness. I blame all the caffeine. You would think having good beer, wine and pot would help, but, no. You are still stuck with a knife held in a velvet glove., and then a long apology for the knife coming from a major corporation and not some first people community.

          5. PalinzADummy

            Only if it involves white cotton panties, tickling, and somewhat unAmericanly slender females.

        2. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

          The trick is to steer association work to favored (kickback-rendering) contractors, or so I’ve read. But that would be, as Nixon once said, wrong.

    2. Rotundo_

      Too many former dormitory rats leaving garbage cans full of water propped up against the inside of the elevator doors and sending them down a floor or two? Just look for the guys with a towel laid out in front of their doors to "block the drafts", those are the usual suspects.

    1. Rarian Rakista

      We have a self-taught libertarian in my bike club. For the first few rides he brought tubes, tools and you know what you need to get home if you run into problems on a long ride. Within a month he had stopped carrying the tools and last week he asked someone for a spare tube. Now, this must be said, he has made every conversation we have had with him tun on to Austrian economics or Libertarian bumpersticker-level philosophy but we mostly ignore him and talk about our other shared interest homebrweing.

      So in the middle of nowhere a libertarian asks a Fabian socialist, a Green party member and a registered democrat if he could "borrow" a tube. The democrat lies and says he does not have one, the Green party guy goes off on his hypocrisy and the socialist just gives him the tube. When the libertarian asked later why the guy had just given him the tube, he replied " Need before greed, that is how society works " He never brought up libertarianism again. Well it has been 2 months.

  5. Barb

    No biggie, the Koch brothers probably hired someone to walk up the stairs behind you and hum Kenny G music so that you felt like you were in the elevator.

  6. neiltheblaze

    Well when you reason it out – they should be happy it's not July. Guys – just pull yourself up by your bootstraps and haul yourselves up the stairs without some nanny state people mover doing it for you!

  7. DrunkenPalmetto

    What was the under/over on wheezing/heart attacks from Nick Gillespie today? Or did he work from "bed" today?

  8. DaRooster

    Just put one of those sticks of dynamite that everyone should get to carry around, stick it under the elevator, light it with your joint and *boom*… jump off at the Reason floor.

  9. SayItWithWookies

    Not on the top floor? Stuck in the elevator? Don't blame the rich — blame yourself!

  10. not that Dewey

    Brings to mind the Mitch Hedberg classic

    I like an escalator. An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You'll never see an "escalator temporarily out of order sign" — only "escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

  11. CapnFatback

    So this is what the Invisible Hand is up to when it's not giving a long, sensual hanjo to the Chinese.

  12. Jukesgrrl

    Let's hope this wasn't K-Lo's day to "reason" with them that women shouldn't have the right to control their own bodies.

  13. Goonemeritus

    And next week when they figure out that there is nothing wrong with the elevator I will be putting out of order signs on all of their bathrooms.

  14. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Thank God this didn't happen at NRO…, the ambulances would be around the block taking away the heart attack victims.

    1. DashboardBuddha

      "the ambulances Flatbed trailers would be around the block taking away the heart attack victims." -Fixed

      K-Lo and Goldberg

  15. SorosBot

    So Reason employees are out of luck if they want to make love in an elevator, livin' it up while they're going down.

  16. Bonzos_Bed_Time

    Libertarians don't believe in printing out a sign in MS Word?
    Wouldn't' the Free Market™ want them to do that?


      The Koch fiscally responsible stairs go up, the Paul fiscally responsible parachutes go down. Never a miscommunication.

  17. tribbzthesquidz

    If I had to work the shaft there I'd quit too. Not to mention all the shafts getting on and off. Me.

  18. ttommyunger

    Reason? Yet another Right-Wing propaganda tool. I guess it's cheap to staff these outlets since they have no need of fact-checkers or proof readers; just throw it out there for the hungry masses wanting their ears and eyes tickled.

  19. mrblifil

    What's with the urgent note? All they have to wait is for the Invisible Hand to find an entrepreneur ready to seize on this moment, and derive competitive advantage by designing and manufacturing elevators that never fail, because they were made out of John Galt's special perpetual motion machine parts. In the meantime they can just sit there in their own pee and poop, loving their freedom.

  20. Ancient_Hacker

    So it's not enough to put an "Out of order" sign on it? It has to say "ELEVATOR out of order".

    And that's not enough– they have to give explicit instructions to use the fall-back device.


  21. Antispandex

    The real message here is that if the government didn't require inspections, it would have fallen to the ground floor, and people would be able to get on! Morans!!!!!

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