Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Should You Need the Government's Permission To Do Your Job?

Glad to see someone else is talking about professional and business licensing. This old form of economic government over-reach seems so natural to most Americans it's rarely even discussed. Genuinely believing a hive of bureaucrats is going to 'protect' you from various forms of malpractice borders on psychosis; and what little benefit they do bring doesn't even outweigh their operating costs, much less the unintended consequences of competition-stifling protectionism.

My "radical" stance is that no professional should require permission from the government to do their job; EVER. Argue with me, please. Just remember it's not ideological and I WILL bring in historical facts and numbers.


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