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The light-bulb fight is over. Who actually won?

So the budget bill just passed contains a provision stopping the requirement to phase out tungsten light bulbs and replacing them with more efficient devices. The reason given had to do with the new rules infringing on the “rights” of individuals to choose money-burning tungsten technology. (The money isn’t really burned of course; it just goes to the huge corporate-owned power-production plants. Who’s the real winner here?) Some old technologies might be worth saving — vinyl records, Kodachrome, manual typewriters — but others have dragged on well beyond their usefulness and ought to be dumped. Wrapping the issue in “individual rights” demeans the struggle for liberty. Light-bulb choices are minor compared to our real constitutional rights. Which, by the way, are under siege, in case you haven’t noticed.

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