Speak­ing out against the rise of statism

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at the same time was pay­ing $8.23 to $9.68 an hour as its na­tional av­er­age — more than half again the min­i­mum wage. The plot thickens . . . .

Says Mr. Rockwell: Mr. Scott found a du­bi­ous tac­tic to hurt its Main Street and other lit­tle-guy com­peti­tors over Amer­ica. How so? By push­ing up their la­bor costs via “le­gal” state in­ter­ven­tion, thus di­vert­ing more cost­con­scious cus­tomers to Wal­Mart.

The Rockwell cure to end such sly com­pe­ti­tion is pure lib­er­tar­i­an­ism: Don’t raise the min­i­mum solid li­cense-fee rake-off for each state.

In­ter­est­ingly, Un­der­writ­ers Lab­o­ra­to­ries Inc. per­forms in­valu­able if anal­o­gous ser­vice in ap­prov­ing prod­uct ca­pa­bil­ity for con­sumers. But it does so en­tirely in the pri­vate sec­tor, quite a victory for free­dom and free en­ter­prise.

Item: Mr. Rockwell notes that not long ago, the Ten­nessee Den­tal So­ci­ety of li­censed den­tists sued to stop “dan­ger to pa­tients” work by pro­fes­sional if un­li­censed den­tal hy­gien­ists. One such hy­gien­ist protested that her

Ron Paul

Martha Ste­wart

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