Daylight Savings: The Most Polarizing Debate of Our Time? | National Review

Daylight Savings: The Most Polarizing Debate of Our Time? | National Review


For a taste of how violent this debate can get, I give you Cato’s Scott Lincicome writing for The Dispatch:

In the coming days, tens of millions of Americans and their children will participate in a silly, unhealthy annual ritual rooted in mysticism and superstition. And they’ll also celebrate Halloween.

The silly ritual to which I’m referring, of course, is our semiannual tradition of changing the clocks to accommodate daylight saving time (DST) — an onerous state time mandate detrimental to public health and safety, manipulated by corporatists, supported by a handful of childless insomniac socialites, and based on so-called “science” debunked decades ago. Indeed, even the name “daylight saving time” is a lie: The ritual merely shifts time; it doesn’t save anything — except, perhaps, a few jobs on K Street and in the Florida leisure industry.

And so, my friends, it’s time I provided a full-throated explanation of why DST should be eliminated, before it’s too late.

The other side is less passionate, probably because they aren’t writing their defense of daylight savings at 5 a.m., and they have been winning this debate thanks to the status quo unfair advantage.

Now joining the fight is the Kite and Key media company with a video that describes the practice of daylight savings as “mildly psychotic.” Here it is.

As they note at the end of the video:

Having one year-round standard would be easier for society, better for our health, and, most importantly . . . would really stick it to Coldplay.

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.





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