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Street Vendor Cartels and their Illegal Product

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Matthew Yglesias explains why in India chauffeurs and street food are so cheap, which helps account for the popularity of fast food restaurants over street vendors in the US:

Average productivity in the US is much higher than average productivity in India, so wages are much higher in the US. But American drivers are no more productive than Indian ones, so chauffeurs are unaffordable here and affordable prepared food needs to economize on labor with fast food techniques.

But as someone who rightly calls attention to the way dentists and barbers create cartels and restrict entry into the market drives up prices I’m surprised he failed to mention all the laws restricting licenses for street vendors.

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Fight the Ban

Mixed Martial Arts continues to be controversial. Certain people just won’t ever get it, but I never understood people who can argue that boxing is ok but MMA is not. It’s not more dangerous (at least where the brain is involved anyway). Even if it was; people aren’t getting killed or horribly maimed. To me, it’s a consensual fight between 2 individuals – as long as neither is at a reasonable risk losing their liberty at the end of the fight through death or a severe injury it should be allowed.  So even if it’s just for revenue purposes (which is only what the government ever seems to care about) I’m glad New York is considering lifting their ban.

If the ban on the sport is lifted, it will be in part the result of a long lobbying and public-relations campaign by the U.F.C., which has spent tens of thousands of dollars to convince legislators that mixed martial arts has changed. It is legal in 43 states.

Enjoy some highlights:

Categories: MMA, regulation, Sports, UFC

"Protecting Kids" is always a red flag

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Stories like these always remind me of why we need a smaller government.

(via Reason Hit &Run Blog)
Categories: radley balko, regulation
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