State-Based Escapes from Restrictive National Labor Laws

The free market works. The top safest, most prosperous nations in the world employ some variant of a free market system, and the United States’s success is often held up as symbol of the success made possible by economic liberty. However, there are a few flies in the soup of American prosperity, one of which is federal labor regulation.

What’s wrong with federal labor law?

The regulations surrounding labor enacted in the 1930s before and as part of the New Deal are far too many to summarize here, but include provisions such as wage and overtime requirements. Most importantly, they include a plethora of strict rules regarding collective bargaining and union power. While many of these infringe on the right of employers and employees to make whatever arrangements they see fit, the worst part is mandatory union membership. This is bad for businesses because it limits hiring arrangements that may be necessary for the company’s business model, such as keeping costs low by hiring inexperienced, elderly, or disabled workers in order to keep prices low (Walmart, for example, which actually shut down a store to avoid unionization in order to preserve their model). It can be even worse for workers, who can be forced to pay dues, face layoffs or hiring freezes by an employer no longer able to afford to pay them under new conditions, or be forced to support and contribute to political causes that they may personally find reprehensible.

Unfortunately, if you live in one of 22 US states that have not enacted right-to-work laws, forced unionization passed down from the federal government is a sad reality. Fortunately, there’s a few potential ways of dealing with this issue.

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Debt-Weary Millennials More Likely to Have Emergency Cash

More than other age group, millennials are more equipped to have funds available to use for unexpected expenses, indicating a generation weary and leery of debt.

According to a survey from Bankrate, 69% millennials were prepared to deal with emergency expenses by either dipping into savings or cutting back on spending, compared with an average of 61%. Among baby boomers, that number dips down to 56%, meaning that 13% of young people are better at dealing with unexpected financial responsibilities without going into debt than their parents. [Read more…]

Five Killed in Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Where Guns Are Prohibited

Five have been killed and eight injured in a shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, a state with relatively restrictive firearms laws.

At 1:00pm local time, a gunman in his 20s wearing a Star Wars shirt opened fire in Terminal 2, killing five and injuring eight more. He is currently in police custody and, according to Sheriff Scott Israel, he was apprehended without any additional shots fired.

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The Principled Libertarian’s Guide to Using Food Stamps

Taxation is theft. Living off of tax money is leeching from productive workers. So, naturally, I’m going to teach you how to use food stamps and still keep all your libertarian cred.

No, this isn’t some convoluted rationalization for people looking to be parasites while pretending they’re not. This is how taking government assistance can actually help preserve, and expand, liberty. Think about it: if taxation is theft, and tax money is stolen from the people, taking it from the government is okay as long as it’s returned to its rightful owners. Just using it for your own benefit doesn’t cut it, though. There’s a process to make sure you use funds reclaimed from the state in a moral and responsible way.

So if you’re going to go on food stamps, but don’t want to lose your libertarian soul, here’s what to do: [Read more…]

More Murdered in Chicago in 2016 Than Live in 33 Smallest NH Towns

More people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016 than live in the New Hampshire’s smallest 33 towns.

According to Chicago PD, 762 murders occurred in the city last year, from among 4,331 victims of shootings. This number more than doubles the reported murder total of New York City, a city several times the population size. According to Chicago PD’s superintendent Eddie Johnson, while no one cause can be cited for the high number of deaths, increased gang activity and boldness shares a large portion of the blame. [Read more…]

The Empire Always Comes Home

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Have you seen Uncle Sam’s guard dog?
He got it back when he drove out the Brits
from our yard.

He kept it in case they tried to return
or if anyone else treaded onto our side of the fence.
For keeping us safe and free,
this dog had won our love and respect.

But then Uncle Sam descended into madness.
Convinced that all the neighboring yards belonged to him as well,
he trained his dog to snarl and attack our neighbors
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