Faithful Underbelly readers will not be surprised at this. But what I want to know: what if it had been the neighbors rather than poor hapless Gene, who had been entreating the fire laddies to put out the blaze?* I suppose the disciplined libertarian response would have been: look if you had wanted to pay this guys' $75 you could have done so. Or, they could just do a Crassus and buy the neighbor's hous
*Wups, I wasn't reading carefully enough. Evidently a neighbor did pay the fee.