Bureaucracy and Regulation

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The High Cost of Occupational Licensing

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog08/16/2019

Occupational licensing may increase quality for some higher income customers. But licensing increases monopoly power for dominant firms while driving lower-income customers out of the marketplace.

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The Problem of Immoral Choices in the Marketplace

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog08/15/2019

Mises states, quite rightly, that anyone who advocates governmental dictation over one area of individual consumption must logically come to advocate complete dictation over all choices.

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White Collar Welfare: What It's Like to Work for the Federal Government

Bureaucracy and RegulationTaxes and Spending

Blog08/15/2019

Shannon O'Toole's memoir on working for the FDIC helps us understand why some have taken to calling federal employment "white collar welfare."

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The Dangers of Defamation Laws

Bureaucracy and RegulationLegal System

Blog08/14/2019

Even if laws against slander and libel appear good in theory, in practice they are all too often used by the powerful to silence the weak. A respect for free speech demands defamation laws be kept very weak.

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Recycling: Wasting Resources While Claiming to Conserve Them

Bureaucracy and RegulationValue and Exchange

Blog08/02/2019

Recycling isn't free. It requires the use of time and resources, many of which end up wasted. But politicians keep insisting that recycling is always a win-win, even though we have many examples to the contrary.

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The Rise of Woke Capitalism

Bureaucracy and RegulationThe Entrepreneur

Blog07/25/2019

It is highly unlikely that Woke Big Business on its own can turn the US into a totalitarian society. Historically speaking, business policies have followed the lead of governments, not the other way around. The state remains the real threat.

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Bernie Sanders Shows Us How a Minimum Wage Hike Hurts Workers

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog07/23/2019

Rather than pay his campaign workers more out of his personal wealth, Bernie Sanders is cutting employee hours and scaling back campaign events — thus illustrating how minimum wage hikes are a problem for workers.

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Price Controls Make Life Miserable for New Yorkers

Bureaucracy and RegulationU.S. History

Blog07/05/2019

After many decades of rent control and other regulations, New York politicians still can't seem to figure out why housing is so expensive.

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Berlin's Government Is Making Housing Unaffordable

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog07/02/2019

In response to tight housing markets, the Berlin government has decided to make things worse through price controls and new regulations on housing construction.

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Government "Accountability" Isn't Real Accountability

Bureaucracy and Regulation

Blog06/28/2019

Being held accountabile in the real world usually means making reparations for incompetence or malice. But this sort of accountability almost never applies to governments.

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