The killjoys at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are trying to ban a popular toy known as Buckyballs. These are balls made from powerful rare-earth magnets that stick together and can be rearranged into interesting geometric shapes. It’s just the sort of thing one would expect to see on the desk of a corporate executive for use as a stress reliever during a boring conference call.
On July 25, the CPSC filed an administrative complaint against the company that makes this product. The administration bureaucrats also persuaded several major retailers to “voluntarily” stop carrying the product on the grounds that magnets are a danger to children if swallowed. The toy company’s CEO, Craig Zucker, is fighting back, mounting a campaign on Twitter and Facebook to challenge CPSC officials to a live television debate. “We’re taking a humorous but hard approach to saving our business,” Mr. Zucker told The Washington Times.