Topic: Regulation

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Vaping: Risky for Teens, But a Safe Target for the FDA

– September 13, 2018

E-cigarettes certainly carry with them some complicated health problems. But in terms of getting a big, flashy regulatory win, they are far less complicated than many arguably more dangerous products whose sellers have both deeper pockets and connections within government.

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Kim Kardashian’s Fight For Criminal Justice Reform

– September 10, 2018

“Giving judges discretion over sentencing helps the individual under review, society as a whole, and the taxpayer, who won’t have to financially support yet another nonviolent convict for decades into the future. But most importantly, it helps to lessen the burden that the drug war has placed on the shoulders of people of color.” ~ Chloe Anagnos

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Government Is Like a Bad Football Fan

– August 28, 2018

Fans will be fans. Peanut galleries will always be with us. It’s entertainment, and a major reason why we actually like sports, music, and books. Everyone is a critic. That’s all fine. But let’s not forget the profound difference between those who do and those who pretend to do, nor the difference between those whose wealth rests on creativity and human volition and those who bully others to get their way.

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Small Water Bottles Banned in AIER’s Back Yard

– August 17, 2018

Government bans are polarizing, constrain peoples’ behavior rather than changing it, must be enforced, and can be manipulated by corporate interests.

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Capping Ubers Won’t Fix New York’s Problems

– August 12, 2018

Hard caps can seem like a tantalizingly easy way to “protect” both incumbent drivers and New Yorkers facing grinding traffic, but a close look at those caps questions just how effective they can be at their stated goals. And the issues facing both groups illuminate underlying problems with no easy regulatory fix.

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The Case for Permissionless Everything

– August 12, 2018

I understand why people often fear freedom or the consequences of breaking the rules, and thus acquiesce to government restrictions on their freedoms. But I fear that we have gone too far in this timid and cowardly compliance. So long as everyone respects everyone else’s rights, we should have permissionless consumption (foreign and domestic), permissionless employment, permissionless entertainment, and permissionless everything and anything that’s peaceful.

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Student Debt: The Bermuda Triangle of Blame

– August 10, 2018

The $1.5 trillion student-debt crisis is ongoing but can certainly be mitigated if colleges, government, and students work together.

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Rent-Seeking Is Alive and Well in Trump’s Tariffs

– August 8, 2018

Rent-seeking is a problem that those on the left should have to answer for whenever they propose extensive new regulations. But as President Trump’s recent steel tariffs show, the problem knows no political ideology, and is an inevitable occurrence at the friction point between personal connections and power. The only way out, it would seem, would be to greatly reduce the very power to regulate.

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The Real Problem with Paid Family Leave

– August 6, 2018

The direct and unavoidable result will be that all childbearing-age, low-income women are likely to pay for their potential absence from work through lower wages as employers will assume they will have to fill out for them when they take time off. There is no avoiding that.

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Bitcoin Mining Meets the Dizzying Reality of Electricity Markets

– August 4, 2018

How is it possible in a free market to use “too much” electricity to mine Bitcoin? The problem lies in the pricing in our electricity markets, and it isn’t going away anytime soon.

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Markets and Prosperity, Not Police, Will Fix the Crime Problem

– July 26, 2018

We need more markets, not more government, to discourage and prevent crime. One need not assume that unionized, militarized, and unpopular policemen are the only option for keeping the peace and keeping Americans safe.

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The Antidote to Parking Oversupply

– July 17, 2018

Reforming parking policy is an important local issue. Current politics encourages a general oversupply of parking and with it high parking costs per household as it sits empty.

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