I Hate Cartels
I absolutely hate them. Few things get my free market juices flowing like disgusting cartels propped up by slovenly favoritism and privilege from government.
On the other hand, I just love the Institute for Justice . Besides having a full page ad on the back cover of Reason Magazine for as long as I can remember...which I read every month with a smile...they fight the good fight for economic liberty and free competition and honest entrepreneurship every day in the legal battle fields against bad laws, cronyism and downright stupid legal bullying greed enforced by government...local, state and federal.
A feature case currently involves Errol Tyler, an entrepreneur fighting the local cartels in Boston in an attempt to introduce his business concept there.
Like Errol says, he's not looking for a hand-out...just a chance.
Apparently, the lawyer from IJ handling Mr. Tyler's case says that this is a good time to revisit, clarify and CORRECT the interpretation of the 14th Amendment which guarantees:
"...every American the right to earn an honest living free from unreasonable government interference."
Sounds pretty simple...almost TOO simple for imaginative business (and labor)interests looking for short cuts and protections against competitors and competition. After all, why deal with the hassle of a free market when you can pay people to close it off? Ugh.
That pesky word "unreasonable" is a little too subjective for my tastes. Could you imagine the trouble and grief that the absence of that word would have spared us all?
The video explains how we got from a seemingly straightforward protection of the freedom to do honest business to where we are today. I agree with the lawyer:
the Justices just might have gotten this one wrong (ya think?!?!) and he claims there's increasing scholarly consensus that the SCOTUS DID get it wrong in the precedent case that enables all this cartel junk.
Wish them luck. The ramifications would go a long way.