Openmarket.org: Professional Licensing: A Risk to the Free Markets and Freedom of Speech
From physicians to dentists to lawyers, the licensing requirements of many professions are well known—but for bloggers? A recent case in North Carolina demonstrates the dangers that mandatory occupational licensing poses to liberty and how established interests use such requirements to protect their bottom line.
North Carolina resident Steve Cooksey was ill, obese, and struggling with type 2 diabetes. He documented his story on his personal blog. That sounds like a win-win situation, but not according to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition (NCBDN), which decided to go after Cooksey for the “crime” of offering nutritional advice without a dietitian’s license.> Read more
Forbes: Will Republican Culture Warriors Snatch Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory?
The Republican Party has not been handed better odds for victory since Jimmy Carter drove the country into the ground. The House, the Senate, and ultimately the Presidency are theirs to lose, if they can overcome their self-destructive inclination to talk economic liberty out of one side of their mouths while preaching culture war out the other.> Read more
After a slow start to the year, regulations are now coming out at their usual pace, with nearly 80 rules last week. The Federal Register will likely exceed 20,000 pages this week. Another Dodd-Frank regulation hit the books, this one concerning retaliation procedures for whistleblowers. Passed in 2010, Dodd-Frank is currently about halfway to full implementation.