Thursday, February 24, 2011

Restoring the sawed-off bottom rungs

The Left would have you believe that libertarians don't care about the poor. In fact, the lot of most poor people has greatly improved since 1980, and that is something to be celebrated. That said, there are some constructive things we can do to give the poor a hand up. But they're not what our leaders would have you believe. Here are some recommendations by Steven Horwitz at The Freeman, published by the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education:
  1. Eliminate minimum wage and occupational licensure laws. They deny opportunity to those who need it most.
  2. Open public schools (especially in the inner cities) to competition. Let inner-city parents select the best schools for their children.
  3. End the drug war. It doesn't work, and doesn't help anyone.

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