Big Government Cracks Down On ... People Sharing Books

As Conor Friedersdorf wrote about the issue:

This is what conservatives and libertarians mean when they talk about overregulation disincentivizing or displacing voluntary activity that benefits people. We've constructed communities where one must obtain prior permission from agents of the state before freely sharing books with one's neighbors!

And their proposed solution is to get scarce public art funds to pay for the needless layer of bureaucracy being imposed on the thing already being done for free.

He's right. This is beyond ridiculous, yet it's happening.

The stupid is strong with many local governments, and they embrace it with a passion usually reserved for the cover of a romance novel. (Readers, feel free to mock up a Photoshop of that.)