|Fashionista Vladimir Lenin|
|60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl|
The story centers around a truffle mafia, mean people who go about stealing good truffles from honest truffle merchants. Of course, stealing is still against the law in all of Europe, but they bandy about more laws to cure the problem.
Folks, there has been a cure to this problem throughout the ages and it involves very little government involvement. The Europeans even invented a phrase for it: Caveat emptor ( /ˌkæviːɑːt ˈɛmptɔr/) or buyer beware. It does not only apply to purchasing real property, it is especially valuable for the purchase of personal property, like truffles.
Even the libertarian philosophy allows for remedies to such skullduggery as passing off Chinese truffles for Italian truffles. Misrepresentation of product is a libertarian sin that should land anybody practicing it in court. The type of court is always a subject of debate in libertarian circles, criminal vs. civil, but there is no argument that it should be illegal to do such things.
|Italian truffle babe Olga Urbani with Leslie Stahl|