Regulation

The Coercive “Solution”

Do as I say, or else you will be fined or sent to prison.

Mozart, Mediocrity, and the Administrative State

Every highly productive person – we don’t even have to speak of geniuses here – often ends up surrounded by resentful and mediocre people who have too much time on their hands. They use whatever limited talents they have to plot, confound, confuse, and ultimately wreck their betters. The demand to “comply” is always the watchword: it’s a tool of destruction.

Why Is CDC Trying to Put a Mask on Your Face Again?

The massive political power for unelected bureaucrats to arbitrarily dehumanize Americans with mandates, fines, lockdowns, and prison at whim is what the Biden Administration, DOJ, and CDC are now fighting for.

Supreme Court Grants Rare Win For Economic Freedom

In Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid, the Supreme Court ruled that allowing labor unions to enter private property with a permission slip from the government violates the actual owner’s right to exclude.

Biden’s California Dream

A good thing about America having 50 states is that when states fail, we can learn from their mistakes. People defeated by California’s rules move to Nevada or Texas. But if the federal government adopts California’s rules, where can we move?

Paying Ransom for a Building Permit

Seattle’s ironically-named ‘Housing Affordability’ law makes renovating a modest home prohibitively expensive for middle-income homeowners.

Government Regulation Does Not Make us Safe—Capitalism Does

So which is more effective in keeping us—as customers and employees—safe: the government bureaucrat with no personal incentive, or the businessman, whose profits and reputation depend on the safety and satisfaction of his employees and customers?

Politicians Not Letting The Coronavirus Crisis Go To Waste

In normal times the government supports many bad, irresponsible, and unjust policies, driven in part by perverse incentives. Not the least of these is an imprudent eagerness to please special interests. Emergencies and the resulting panic only further loosen whatever weak restraints there normally are against government misbehavior and malfunction.

Licensing vs. Freedom of Compeition

Licensing requirements generally restrict the supply of services in the licensed industry by prohibiting some perfectly competent workers from working as providers.

State Licensing Regulations Limit Competition

Byzantine state laws demand you get a state-approved license before you may become a hairdresser, tour guide, travel agent, house painter and all sorts of other jobs where customer happiness should be the guide.