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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trump is Right: American Toilets, Faucets, and Showers are Terrible

– December 9, 2019

Give me a toilet that flushes, a shower that is satisfying, a washing machine that washes clothes, and you can take your civic piety and flush it.

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Ending Internal Passports Was a Victory of Liberalism. It is Slipping Away

– December 4, 2019

We should never take the victories of previous generations of liberals for granted. Free movement is one of those.

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Socialism and the Green New Deal are Economically Impossible

– December 4, 2019

The marginal decisions and calculations necessary for rational economy do not go away even under a “moral equivalent to war” to defeat global warming.

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