Archive for the ‘Regulation’ Category

Proposed 40:1 CEO:employee pay ratio law

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Before people support business regulations, they should listen to business owners and other people who will suffer the everyday effects of those regulations. Workers and business owners in the private sector who oppose certain regulations aren't just blowing smoke and spouting ideology; they know from experience what kinds of unintended ...

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

Blatant, misleading propaganda about Obamacare

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Via my Facebook feed (where else?), I came across this inane guide from Health Care For American Now called How to talk about Obamacare during the holidays. Almost every point it makes is either false or interpreted in an inaccurate, pro-government way. Health care is too expensive. Everyone agrees with that. ...

Right-to-work laws are un-libertarian

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A local (Michigan) radio show was recently discussing the right-to-work law being debated in the state legislature. One pro-union caller said (paraphrasing), “It’s simple math. When a union represents the employees of a company or of an industry, the employees earn higher wages because the union has major bargaining power ...

David Brin on freedom, governments, and the internet

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

In his post A Threat to the Internet as We Know It, science-fiction author, scientist, and futurist David Brin writes about the recent United Nations summit and the threats to internet freedom that it portended: A United Nations summit has adopted confidential recommendations proposed by China that will help network providers ...

How long will the SOPA protests be successful?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

In my more cynical moods, I think that Westerners' complacency in political and economic matters and their comfort levels with life in general will make their recent victories against internet censorship mere footnotes to the history of State encroachment into our online lives. In other words, lawmakers, lobbyists, and other ...

Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

The latest attempt from the parasites in Washington to limit the freedom of the internet and all of the benefits that stem from it is called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Its more official, full name is Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation ...

Big government, big corporations, corn syrup, and Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

This video seems to be popular with the kids around the internets this week. It's about Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles, a small, independent soda pop store that seems to sell mostly drinks that I've never heard of, many of which I'm assuming are also made by small ...