Category Archives: Freedom of exchange

Government Regulators are Monopolies

Here is the third article in a series on regulation I have been publishing at FEE: “Government Regulators are Monopolies.” It is part of a project to challenge the validity of government “regulation,” which should more properly be called government “restriction,” as that word describes what government agencies mostly do: they restrict people’s freedom to make voluntary exchanges. The aimContinue Reading

Minimum Wage Laws Are Immoral, Part II

Two weeks ago I posted on Learn Liberty’s blog this open letter rejoinder to my friend Adam, who strongly objected to a claim I had made in a Facebook post that minimum wage laws are immoral. Adam responded to that rejoinder, and I replied again in turn with this second open letter. A slice: Adam: I accept the disemployment, suchContinue Reading

Minimum Wage Laws Are Immoral

Here is an open letter to a respected friend with whom I have strong differences about minimum wage laws. It was recently published at the Learn Liberty blog. A slice: Your indignation at allowing companies to pay (and workers to accept) wages below “a living wage” seems based in an assumption that all employers canContinue Reading

What’s Holding Up Economic Growth

Three articles in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal offer a sampler of the kinds of government intervention that are hampering the world economy, from South Africa to Detroit to France. On page A8 a headline declares, “Blackouts Stall South Africa Economy.” Why doesn’t South Africa have dependable power? Because the country’s power provider is aContinue Reading

The Coolest Thing About Uber

A letter I wrote the Wall Street Journal recently, criticizing the authoritarian flavor of one of its columns, was picked up by The Freeman. A slice: Here’s what it takes to make Uber a success, apparently: Enter new markets without asking regulators for permission, then build enough of a customer base to make classifying the service asContinue Reading

How Free-Market Internet Will Protect the Little Guy

An earlier post gave a rights-based reason to oppose “Net Neutrality”: Internet service providers own their fiber optic cables, switches, and so on, the physical infrastructure of the Internet. It’s their property. Their rights to their own should be respected. Not everyone is persuaded by rights-based reasoning. Dan H., for example, discussing the post onContinue Reading

All We Need to Know About “Net Neutrality”

In thinking about the controversy over “net neutrality” that President Obama stirred up on Monday, we should keep in mind that private ownership and freedom of exchange are the foundations of a free society. Internet service providers own their fiber optic cables, switches, and so on, the physical infrastructure of the Internet. It’s their property.Continue Reading

Can the Oil-Export Ban

Here is a letter to The Wall Street Journal: To the editor: Why do we have a taint of Soviet-style central planning in the American oil industry? Americans’ high standard of living, not to mention our status as a free society, results from private ownership rights and freedom of exchange. So why should American oilContinue Reading

No Public Service Here

Here is a letter to the Baltimore Sun: To the editor: By its decision to regulate Uber as a “common carrier” (“Uber is ‘common carrier,’ commission rules,” Thursday, August 7), the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) stands athwart the tide of technology and history. Allowed to stand, the ruling would harm Marylanders. Why restrict Uber’s freedomContinue Reading

Let Market Forces Regulate Occupations

Yesterday presented me two articles on occupational licensing, one unsatisfying, the other very satisfying indeed. The first was “Why License a Florist,” a New York Times op-ed. Here are the first paragraphs: IN Minnesota, more classroom time is required to become a cosmetologist than to become a lawyer. Becoming a manicurist takes double the number ofContinue Reading

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