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Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Under Mellor’s leadership, IJ has grown from a five-person start-up into a law firm with a nearly hundred-member staff, including over forty attorneys and an annual budget of $20 million.
Dick Carpenter is a director of strategic research at the Institute for Justice and a professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
- ASIN : B01N1HX2YY
- Publisher : Encounter Books (December 13, 2016)
- Publication date : December 13, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1945 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1594039070
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,489 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I got interested in the book when I heard John Stossel interview the author. I was shocked by what I heard and I wanted to see if the claims could be substantiated. Luckily, “Bottleneckers” is packed with stories and their associated footnotes so that the academically inclined reader can confirm the veracity of the author’s claims.
In the book, Mellor and Carpenter go through a serious of professions wherein the embedded players work with the government to lock out new players or to grab money from the entrepreneurs who just want to earn an honest living with their own two hands. They analyze industries including funeral homes, taxis, interior design, food trucks, hair braiders, and more. Each chapter tells stories of real people who have had to fight heroically, not always succeeding, just to work. It reminded me of a real-life story of a good friend of mine who could not pursue her dream of helping people laugh. As a humorist, she had the uncanny ability to talk to people, help them dig deep into their souls to find their passions and fears, and then find the funny. By talking with her, a person could uncork his frustration through the use of joke-telling in order to be happier himself. I suggested that she become a humor therapist. “I couldn’t do that,” she explained, “because I’m not a licensed therapist.” Really? By talking with someone and making him laugh at the foibles in his life, does she really need government oversight? As the authors of “Bottleneckers” point out, there will always be people who can imagine how much damage therapists could do and then explain why the government needs to regulate them: “What if a suicidal person approaches the therapist and she just laughs at him?” Come on, bottleneckers, let’s FIRST find some evidence that unlicensed therapists are really doing some harm. And then top that off with evidence that licensed therapists stop all the suicides, and then we can talk about how important government regulation is. But until that point, let millions or consumers decide for themselves whether they want to talk with someone who can put a smile on their face. Sadly, my friend doesn’t have the financial means to start suing the government to allow her to practice as a humor therapist, and she doesn’t have the money or desire to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist, so she’ll continue along her current path of not being a humor therapist. It’s such a tragic loss for the hundreds of people who she would probably be able to help during her career if she were just free to work.
People who aren't free to make a living, aren't free. It's time to arm ourselves with these facts and fight back against the intrusive government regulations that only exist to protect entrenched interests from competition.