Regulation

Support for Industrial Policy Is Growing

– January 18, 2020

Support for industrial policy is growing. Thankfully, no one is talking yet about the full-blown central planning popular in the 1930s. Instead, what’s now in vogue is a 1970s and ‘80s-era version of industrial policy allegedly meant to improve upon th …

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Regulation

Regulations are Bringing Back Dirt, Filth, and Disease

– January 17, 2020

We thought these bad old days of dirt, filth, and disease were gone forever. Now they are coming back, gradually, regulation by regulation.

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Regulation

What If There Was No Legal Smoking Age?

– January 13, 2020

Whether government-mandated or left in the hands of individuals, tobacco use will lead some to tragic consequences. Kids will get cigarettes either way, and adults will try and fail to stop.

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Regulation

Boeing’s Regulators Diffused Responsibility

– January 11, 2020

When government muddies the waters of responsibility for guaranteeing quality and safety, the result is a false confidence and the acceptance of unwarranted risks that make problems worse not better.

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Regulation

More Good Arguments Against a Carbon Tax

– December 31, 2019

Carbon taxes do alleviate some negative externalities that we might want to counter — but they come with a nasty drawback (and getting them in place requires an inefficient and opaque political process) that no caring person would want to impose on the poorest of us, namely that basic necessities become more expensive.

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Regulation

Unsung Heroes: Private Food Inspectors

– December 29, 2019

Both mortality and morbidity figures would be much higher if Americans really did leave something as fundamental as food safety to government bureaucrats.

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Regulation

National Public Radio Cites AIER on Toilet and Faucet Regulation

– December 27, 2019

I’m very pleased that NPR has cited Bourbon for Breakfast and AIER in a report on low-flow toilets and faucets. On the night that the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump, he delivered a two-hour campaign rally speech that took a d …

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History, Regulation

The Year in Bad Ideas

– December 27, 2019

The Green New Deal. Hipster Antitrust. Breaking Up Big Tech. Protectionism. Billionaire Tears. New Tech, Old Jobs. Bitcoin Maximalism. Don’t Inhale That. Elizabeth Warren. National Conservatism.

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Regulation

Let’s Talk about Ghastly Dishwashers

– December 20, 2019

These regulations have caused an infuriating and devastating degradation of the quality of appliances and the quality of life in our homes.

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Regulation

Do We Treat Children Worse than Dogs?

– December 13, 2019

In a typical AOC fashion, she went on a rant about how the free market treated “women and people who give birth” (whomever those non-women giving birth are) worse than we treat puppies. Why?

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