Medical-Supply Nationalism Is Deeply Harmful, Even Deadly

– March 20, 2020

When there is a shortage of medical supplies, going out of our way to make them more expensive will hurt people. These are also not perishable goods – stockpiling them from efficient sources to be deployed in a future crisis seems like a safer bet than shiny new idle factories waiting to ramp up production when the next virus hits.


Why Don’t Things Work Anymore? (Video)

– March 9, 2020

I enjoyed being on the show Full Measure to discuss government regulations on gas cans and other things like showers, toilets, dishwashers, hot water heaters, and so on. My first writings on this topic are from Bourbon for Breakfast and I’ve been writi …


Of Course Capitalism Can Save Nature

– March 6, 2020

Various schemes have turned rhinos and other scenic African animals from victims of the tragedy of the commons to valuable commodities that hunters and farmers and former poachers sustain, in no small part thanks to ecotourism.


Warren’s Legacy Lives on at the Ridiculous “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”

– March 5, 2020

While Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy is over, her legacy and, more importantly, her politicized vision of rulemaking lives on in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It’s easy to forget but in late November 2018, two government administrators showed …


Anti-Gouging Laws Can Kill

– March 3, 2020

Much has been made in the media about the Surgeon General’s recent Twitter exhortation, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general [sic] public from catching Coronavirus.” But what is usually left out is the res …


Emancipate the Workers, State by State

– February 28, 2020

The literature has long established that licensing requirements generally restrict the supply of services in the licensed industry by prohibiting some perfectly competent workers from working as providers.


How to Save California From Itself

– February 24, 2020

Many Western states allow citizens to initiate legislation but California is by far the most important and the ripest for reform.


Break Up Amazon? There’s No Point

– February 14, 2020

Antitrust of the sort dreamed about by left and right today dates from an era of confidence in scientific management of industrial structure through government power. The record is of unrelenting failure.


California’s Contractor Law Violates Free Speech

– January 28, 2020

It is becoming increasingly difficult to reject the hypothesis that California lawmakers are trying to solve their state’s notorious housing crisis by driving out everyone who isn’t a lover of earthquakes, fires, to-die-for weather, and arbitrary gover …


Reciprocity in Occupational Licensure Might Be a Bad Idea

– January 25, 2020

On April 10, 2019 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2569, a bill to create “guaranteed recognition” of occupational licenses in other states. This was hailed as a great victory by libertarians and classical liberals who have always argued …


Is “Sustainable Fish” Real or a Marketing Ploy?

– January 24, 2020

So, yes, I’ve stopped rolling my eyes at the label sustainable. It’s real and it matters. And it shows how markets work even when the odds are against them. What other problems are considered to be insoluble that we need to turn over to the creative forces of society itself?


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 …