CEI Daily - Small Business, Video Games, and Kareem Amer


Small Business


Today the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is holding a hearing on “Assessing the Regulatory and Administrative Burdens on America’s Small Businesses.”


CEI Director of Technology Studies Wayne Crews urges Congress to recognize and remove regulatory impediments to small business growth.


"There is plenty which the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and Congress can do to energize small businesses in America—and large ones, too. The approach needed is an extensive campaign to 'Liberate to Stimulate.' Congress doesn’t have to tell the grass to grow, but it does have to remove the rocks on top. In addition to cutting taxes and reducing the paperwork that paralyzes business and job creation, a good starting point is to inventory all the regulations that impact a small business as it grows, and systematically set about rolling them back. Hiring more workers and gaining more customers should not incur penalties in the form of onerous new rules."



Video Games


The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. 


Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia says the court should overturn the California law.


"Backers of California's law claim that violent video games cause children to suffer harmful psychological effects. The evidence suggests otherwise. A comprehensive survey of the major scientific literature by psychologist Jonathan Freedman found no established link between exposure to media violence and aggressive feelings in children. According to research by the Mercatus Center's cyber-policy scholar Adam Thierer, juvenile violent crime fell 36 percent from 1995 to 2008, even as the popularity of video games skyrocketed. Even if some video games may be harmful to some kids, however, the responsibility for making that determination is an individual judgment that should rest with parents, not with government."




Kareem Amer


Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer was released from prison this week. He spent four years behind bars for internet articles he wrote criticizing the Egyptian government.


Policy Analyst Michelle Minton says Americans should see what happened to Kareem as evidence of the value of freedom of the press.


"They silenced Kareem because he said things they didn’t like. There are ways even in the 'liberal West' in which one group can use the government to silence or limit the speech of another group or individual, simply because they don’t like what they hear (for example, the recent discussions about reviving the Fairness Doctrine.) That is why, while we celebrate one man’s freedom, we must remember that the fight is ongoing and that the best way we