The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Thursday, September 18, 2003
AN ISLAND OUT OF LUCK: God bless the ornery anarchists of
Smith Island. They're prime candidates to be swamped by Hurricane Isabel, and the state has ordered the island evacuated. But at least 50 of them are simply refusing to go.

This is, arguably, a very, very bad idea. But it's a sign of how much those folks distrust the authorities and are willing to defy their orders. In three centuries of continuous settlement, Smith Island hasn't ever had a local government; and the islanders don't care for taking orders from the statists on the shore. Even when it really probably is for their own good. I hope they all survive.


posted by Jesse 4:48 PM
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