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The Case against Medical Licensing

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For the first 120 years of our history, America had, essentially, a free-market health-care system. There were few licensing laws or other barriers to entry into the healing arts. A variety of practitioners offered services, including herbalists, nature-care therapists, hydrotherapists, osteopaths, allopaths and homeopaths. There was a variety of healing schools and clinics. During this time, America was among ... [click for more]

A Freedom Daily Classic Reprint: Medical Licensure

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The medical profession is one in which practice of the profession has for a long time been restricted to people with licenses. Offhand, the question, "Ought we to let incompetent physicians practice?" seems to admit of only a negative answer. But I want to urge that second thought may give pause. In the first place, licensure is the key to ... [click for more]

Book Review: Grassroots Tyranny

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Grassroots Tyranny: The Limits of Federalism by Clint Bolick (Washington, D.C.: The Cato Institute, 1993); 195 pages; $21.95 (cloth); $12.95 (paper). In his book The Vanishing Rights of the States (1926), former Solicitor General of the United States, James M. Beck, pointed out that "unhappily a written form of government is not a Gibraltar that can resist the waves, ... [click for more]

Counterfeit Charity

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In Frederic Bastiat's words, "Man is a sentient being." He expresses traits of concern and sympathy for his fellow sojourners on this earth. He cares for the less fortunate among his neighbors. In a world pockmarked by violence, tales of sacrifice overwhelm tales of terror, although the latter tend to be recounted more fully in history books. Americans have taken ... [click for more]

The Case for Legalized Prostitution

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Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession, and laws prohibiting prostitution may well be the oldest example of government regulation and government (sex) discrimination. In a free society, however, all such laws are inappropriate because they violate the basic rights and liberties of the individuals involved. Recent research indicates that over one million women in the United States earn their ... [click for more]

Book Review: Lenin’s Tomb

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Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick (New York: Random House, 1993); 576 pages; $25. In July 1919, during the Russian Civil War, the Russian philosopher P.D. Ouspensky sent an article from southern Russia to the British journal New Age. He said that he had no idea what the reader knew about what was happening in ... [click for more]

Religion and Freedom

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It never ceases to amaze me to discover the number of people who see a blatant contradiction between the notions of religion and those of liberty. Nor is this, in my estimation, an inconsequential dichotomy. The late F.A. Hayek, on the occasion of the founding of the Mont Pelerin Society, warned in his presidential lecture that the failure of ... [click for more]

Free Trade, Managed Trade and the State, Part 4

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 "The Protectionist creed rises like a weed in every soil," lamented the English classical economist Walter Bagehot in the 1880s. "Every nation wishes prosperity for some conspicuous industry. At what cost to the consumer, by what hardship to less conspicuous industries, that ... [click for more]
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