Happy attitude

July 29, 2007 at 12:26 pm 3 comments

Well, Gene Logsdon does it again, this time with an entertaining and thoughtful piece on “bootleg” raw milk. You just gotta love this. Mr. Logsdon pokes fun at the “Milk Police” whose mandate has nothing to do with public health.

Selling raw milk, or bootleg milk as I call it, is a crime in some states, if you can believe that. If you break the law, the Milk Police will come knocking at your door. Mind you, they don’t care if you drink it or give it away. You just can’t sell it, which leads me to believe that they are more worried about protecting the monopoly of the pasteurized milk industry than protecting health.

As most of you probably know, dairy farmers who want to sell raw milk to people who want to drink raw milk, get around the prevailing power of the Milk Police by what they call herd share agreements. Customers buy shares in the cows and so as part owners, they are actually drinking their own milk. This subterfuge gives the Milk Police conniption fits. They issue woeful press releases that lead one to believe that civilization will collapse if people are allowed to drink raw milk, even though 28 states now allow it to be sold. The Milk Police try to take producers of herd-share milk to court like they were moonshiners.

Now, I’ve talked about this attitude thing before, but Mr. Logsdon’s blogpost has me thinking about it in a new way. I can’t even really explain how so, but it has to do with the sustained, cheerful humor and the simple choice not to grant the “Milk Police” any legitimacy. It’s a gentle, knowing, thoroughly enjoyable (and enjoyed!) laugh in their faces.

And somehow, it leaves me feeling renewed. Because it’s too easy for me, I realize, to become angered, outraged, offput by the actions of the various Police around today, mushrooming as they are. Mr. Logsdon (and others like him) offer delightful reminders that it doesn’t have to be so.

Hell, no. On the contrary, he gives me a friendly nudge as if to twinkle, “You’re free to dance through life even if ‘they’ expect you to cringe and crawl.”

And it occurs to me that the sustained twinkle is a result, and a function, of long practice and of endlessly repeated acquaintance with the tactics of the other side. It’s grace, born of great wisdom, repeated effort, and formidable patience – with a dash of Outlawish aliveness to spice up the mix.


Entry filed under: Big Picture, Doing Freedom, Free Your Mind, Gulching, Health, Humor, Money & Economy, Outlawry.

Still in dependence day Henry Rollins, you kick ass!

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathryn Russell  |  July 30, 2007 at 7:21 am

    Loved your comment EXCEPT for the part from Logsdon on the subterfuge of share agreements. As a herd share manager I gey real twirked by this inappropriately thought out comment. Do we look at time share owners as trying to evade vacation home ownership?
    Being am agaister, and managing a dairy herd is not simpoly a way to avoid a bad law; it is an excellent business model which allows a samll time farmer the opportunity to practice his chosen profession while using outside capital to buold his business. Not a strange concept at all. If I had the opportunity under the law to sell retail raw milk, it would only be a sideline to my agaister operation. Only if the shareholders decided to disinvest would I ever want to go to a fulll reaitlm sales model. I want to dairy farm, noit operation a retail sales establishemnt.
    The whole police state is getting crazy, and now cow shares are outlawed in several states, including Maryland, North Carolina, and Utah. I believe that is very unconstitutional, but it requires a challenge.

  • 2. morrigan  |  July 30, 2007 at 8:27 am

    This really made me smile, especially with the thought of comparing “bootleg” raw milk with moonshine.
    I, also, grew up on raw milk from our cows. It took awhile after I left home to be able to drink the pasteurized stuff.

  • 3. Taran Jordan  |  July 30, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Morrigan – Yep, that’s what I like so much about Mr. Logsdon’s writing style and approach. 😀

    Kathryn – Welcome and thanks for your comment! Congrats on standing up to the “Milk Police” yourself. If I might play devil’s advocate, I don’t think that Mr. Logsdon was in any way insulting those who enter into herd-share agreements (frankly, having read much of his writing, I think he was patting them on the back). Rather, he was saying that such agreements are seen as invalid and/or questionable by the same police-state “authorities” you’ve had to deal with yourself. As you say, it’s all about what the freaks want to control, and how people find ways around that. I imagine that you and Mr. L. would have a lot in common. 🙂


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