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Tag: government regulations
  • Cosmetology and Goldman Sachs

    As we continue to wallow in recession thanks to irresponsibility from the Federal Reserve and Wall Street, it’s not uncommon to hear arguments that if we simply had more regulations. This article from the New York Times offers a great micro example of one of the problems with that argument (note:  I said “one of” — I’m …

  • Star Wars and the Austrian School: Trade Routes (Part 2)

    Continued from Part I: The Great Hyperspace War Part II: The Invasion of Naboo For those less-than-diehard Star Wars fans who insist that anything not in the six movies doesn’t count, they can witness this political-economic travesty of protectionism in Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  Because of a dispute over the taxation of trade routes …

  • Sure, you can buy a cigar in Boston…if you’re rich enough.

    The city of Boston has quietly banned all cigars which cost less than $2.50.   Translation:  Blunts, no.  Fancy Habanos, yes. Second translation:  Poor people smoking, no.  Rich people smoking, yes: The ban is effective February 1, 2012. But for those upper class cigar aficionados, the elite few who are still allowed to smoke indoors at …

  • The FCC: ‘Let us be your remote.’

    Remember when you were young and there was always that one kid on the playground that had to complain about everything? “Mom! The slide has dirt on it!… Mom! I can’t push myself on the swing!… Mom! I stepped in a puddle and now my shoes are dirty!” Well now that kid has grown up (sort …

  • Occupiers Beware

    Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall St. movement, was given notices of eviction on November 15th at one in the morning. Yes, one in the morning.  While the reasoning by NYPD to hand out these orders at such a peculiar hour is not definitively known, there are two distinct possibilities: to catch the …

  • Free Markets & Food Trucks

    Even though I am a Boston native, I spend most of the year in New York City, where I go to school. One thing that caught my attention when I first arrived was the bounty of food trucks that dot the landscape. Walk down any street in Manhattan, and chances are, there are at least …

  • How Anti-Poaching Laws Hurt More than Help

    A Nantucket man is facing charges of smuggling whale teeth into the country for his art. The man, Charles Manghis, is an artist of scrimshaw, which is the art of carving sketches into whale teeth, a Nantucket practice for centuries. The prosecution claims that Mr. Manghis bought his whale teeth from the Russian black market, …

  • Free the Vendors!

    A major lawsuit was filed against the city of Atlanta yesterday against an unprecedented government vending monopoly. In the already trying economic climate, Atlanta is stifling economic liberty with its overreaching regulations. Best of luck to the Institute for Justice as they attempt to right this wrong through the judicial system. To read more, visit …

  • Big Government and Your Beer

    You would think that the continuing Minnesota government shutdown would have nothing to do with your beer. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. NPR explains what happened: MillerCoors, which holds “brand label registrations” for 39 beers, including Miller, Coors, Blue Moon Pale and Hamm’s — almost 40 percent of the beer sold in Minnesota — sent …

  • Woman Facing 90 Days in Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden in her Front Lawn

    It is no surprise that the price of food is increasing due to inflation and high demand. So when prices become unreasonable, would it not make sense to grow your own food, from the privacy of your own front yard? That is what Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan did to help combat the costs …