Ending the war on drugs would significantly shrink the scope of law-enforcement officers’ incentives and abilities to violate the civil and property rights of Americans – even, indeed chiefly, of Americans who do not and would never use hard drugs, be these legal or illegal.
Preventing some individuals from making bad decisions also prevents individuals from making good decisions.
Honest businessmen, who are well aware of the importance of customer goodwill, try to insure that their businesses are not harmed by the unscrupulous actions of others. Many of them have formed voluntary associations to provide self-regulation in their industries.
If the supply of new housing is restricted by the government’s monopoly power to initiate physical force against housing producers, the market price of housing will be higher.
“No unit of government shall enact any law or regulation that compels any citizen to enter into a contract, forbids any citizen to enter into a contract, or dictates any term of a contract between citizens.”
Those responsible for the Covid response aren’t looking for amnesty or forgiveness; they seek a government structure that codifies their authoritarian impulses and a legal system that offers citizens no means of demanding accountability from their rulers. Publicly, they are searching for any “emergency” to increase their power. Privately, they are looking to put that system into law.
Another example of “Soiled by Socialism” is government-mandated low-flow water faucets, showerheads, and toilets.
The U.S. Department of Energy has just announced a proposed rule to make dishwashers more “efficient” by limiting them to a maximum of 3.3 gallons per wash cycle, a reduction of one-third.
“Since March 2020, we may have experienced the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country. Executive officials across the country issued emergency decrees on a breathtaking scale. Governors and local leaders imposed lockdown orders forcing people to remain in their homes.”
The Jones Act, the most restrictive cabotage law in the world, has decimated the number of American-flagged ships and the trade they carry, not built it up.
The moral argument for defunding the CBC is the principle that people should not be forced to fund things they disagree with.
We need to go beyond the review-and-approval paradigm. The review-and-approval model is broken, and we should find better ways to manage risk and create safety.
If we want companies to stop engaging in woke-washing, we must steer the incentives back toward supporting firms for their core offerings and stop basing our purchases according to cause-related marketing messages and social labels.
The deployment of the terms essential and nonessential, however, has no precedent in our language. This is because of a view stemming from the democratic ethos and real-world commercial experience that everyone and everything is essential to everything else.
Crushing freedom of speech is an assault on the mind, and thus on life itself.
It bears noting that although the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling correctly asserted that abortion was a right, the ruling was nonetheless doubly botched. Justices based the ruling on a right to privacy and alleged that non-enumerated rights are based on tradition.
What would rational police reform look like?
COVID policies were a great mistake, imposed by arrogant officials who were not following science, but rather were following their own authoritarian instincts.
Our citizens are justifiably sickened and infuriated by so many deadly shootings.
The power to tax or to regulate is also the power to control, not just in the supposed “public interest” but in the interest of the regulators themselves, or specific politicians, or the government more generally.
Wyoming: Blue California’s Red Mini-Me?
So how has judicial review worked out?
The alternative to state licensing is free-market certification.
What people used to say about the CCP role in the management of TikTok applies fully in the US today with all the main tech companies.