Eighth Carnival of Principled Government, Short and Themeless
Welcome to the Eighth Carnival of Principled Government, where we have absolutely no theme, just seven entries, all submitted by the authors.

Jumping in at the deep end, Rethink challenges some notions of fundamental rights in Politics in the Age of Fundamentalism.
Which, as we have discussed, is a wonderful thing when the citizenry is thoughtful and responsible and wanting to make the best use of its freedom. But what happens when an emphasis on freedom becomes an excuse to overthrow authority of all sorts, including the authority of the best one is capable of?
Responsibility and freedom are concepts which are historically connected, as I discussed some time ago in Freedom: An Ancient Custom of Rights and Responsibilities.

On the subject of being thoughtful and responsible, how would you like to get paid for it? Consent of the Governed talks about Bribing the Poor.

T.F. Stern's Rantings shares the frustrations of dealing with the state's irrelevant requirements for locksmiths. Gotta love this response from the Institute of Justice,
Unfortunately, I do not believe there is any realistic way for IJ (or anyone else) to challenge continuing education requirements on constitutional grounds at this time. In a nutshell, the state of the law regarding occupational regulations like these is so horrendous that the government can get away with just about anything--no matter how stupid, wasteful, venal, anti-competitive, or unfair. In essence, courts have simply declared that evaluating occupational regulations to ensure they are fair, reasonable, and actually likely to achieve their state ends is none of their business. (emphasis added)
An interesting post, Is Islam Compatible with Democracy? over at Hakim Abdullah. Hakim is a western Muslim, and raises a number of interesting points about how the West has treated the Middle East since the beginning of the Cold War. I think starting with this comment would be helpful to understanding the post, however:
By democracy I mean, principles of social equality that respect the individuals within a community. And a government which is developed by the people through elected representatives.

This idea is in fact very Islamic. And since Muslims all agree that sharia is an unassailable truth, the problem then is fiqh, is it not? And this is what I am referring to when I wrote,

“…Islamists have yet to work out present day socio-economic realities particularly with respect to legislation in a usurious and secular global environment.”
At least I understood the post very differently after reading this. If you really would like to read more, given the brevity of this carnival, check out the comment thread over at Daily Kos.

Quietly into the Night shares a story about misleading information regarding contamination after 9/11 with the fitting title, And Our Government Wonders Why We Don't Trust Them.

And Mad Kane offers another parody, The GOP's in for a Rudy Awakening.

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