The Internet versus the Internet

We are often told that private companies won’t invest money into certain technologies, such as “green” energy, because it isn’t economically feasible. Government, the argument goes, must “invest” money for the research that will allow these technologies to become profitable. And as evidence, the advocates of subsidies to “green” energy companies point to the Internet.

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The Regulator Versus the Innovator

The regulator and the innovator are two very different people. The regulator enforces standards. The innovator questions standards. The regulator protects the status quo. The innovator challenges the status quo. The regulator erects barriers to innovation and progress. The innovator is the source of innovation and progress.

Regulation is about seeking permission. It is about […]

Free the Energy Producers

In its never ending quest to expand government power, the Chronicle calls for Texas legislators to re-regulate the state’s electricity providers. Electrical deregulation, the paper tells us, has not been economically beneficial to consumers:

Light bills in areas such as Austin and San Antonio, where service continues to be regulated, are lower. In deregulated areas […]

Regulations Impede Rationality

A liberal friend was recently lamenting personnel decisions being made at her workplace. I pointed out that, in a free market, irrational decisions are ultimately punished in the marketplace. But, she replied, most people aren’t rational, and therefore we need regulations to protect individuals from the irrational.

While I would agree that her premise—most people […]

A Deal That’s not so Sweet

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on August 21, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

Representatives from twelve countries will meet later this week to negotiate a trade agreement as a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Many of the countries involved want increased access to markets in other participating nations. For example, Americans want to […]

Who Should Decide If You Start a Business?

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on August 7, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

You might think that all it takes to start a business is a good idea and the necessary capital. And you would be wrong. The Cato Institute informs us that, in some states, you also have to have the permission […]

When Volunteering Isn’t Voluntary

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on July 23, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on internet service providers in Britain to limit access to internet porn sites in an effort to “protect our children and their innocence.” CNN.com reports that “service providers and other Web companies are […]

Take the Stairs Fatso, Or Else

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on July 22, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

Never one to sit still when he can think of a way to force people to live as he thinks best, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently announced

a series of first-in-the-nation anti-obesity initiatives that will promote physical activity […]

“Excessive” Regulations

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on July 19, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

Americans often clamor about “excessive” regulations. They do not argue against regulations as a matter of principle, but only those that go “too far.” As an example, they might cite an Agriculture Department regulation that requires magicians to obtain a […]

The Industries We Love to Hate

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on July 18, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

Opinion polls regularly find that banks, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and oil companies are among the most reviled businesses in the nation. But these companies have more in common than widespread contempt from the public; they are among the most […]