Thursday, April 16, 2009
No state shall make or impose any law which shall abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to follow any occupation or profession of his choice
I must admit the idea of just anybody being able to set up as a doctor is disconcerting. On the other hand he does use them as an example. The AMA (& BMA here) certainly severely restrict the number of people who can train as doctor setting the numbers trained on criteria other than need for doctors or even the educational ability of this year's intake. This is clear method of pushing up their earnings. It does have the result of increasing the number of chiropractors & other unofficial doctors.
He assumes & I generally do to, that existing or new professional bodies would still be able to licence & that the public would pay great attention to such licencing, at least until such a body screwed up. I have previously written about how childcare costs are grossly inflated by government regulation & our government say it intends to fight child poverty by ensuring everybody licenced to look after kids has an A level on the subject. That will clearly not reduce costs.
Being a bit wishy washy in my libertarianism I am not sure about getting rid of all such regulation (or at least would like to see somebody else trying it first) but would like a ban on any new laws combined with a duty by the government to provide a cost benefit analysis of existing laws & remove them if they fall short.
You should consider making more radical proposals. If you fail and achieve nothing government will comprise 75% of Scotland's economy, a Laborite will be squandering all the money Britain can borrow and the West will be in decline. If you succeed the gov will at least be cut down to 50% or maybe even less. If your current proposal succeeds, nothing may happen at all.
I suggest you list each Scottish department, what it costs and whether it should be eliminated. Looking at an organizational chart for your gov can certainly be illuminating.
The lesson is that government breeds more government. Even when the voters are vaguely dissatisfied with the direction of the state they and their leaders continue the same actions out of inertia.
Part of the reason that so much of America's Right is centered in its churches is that they are organized and funded outside of the state. If a national network of churches can be organized without any input from the state then so much more can be done without the state as well.
Is there a disestablishment movement or organization in Scotland? An established church in a democracy is an attempt by the state to tell voters how they should vote and think and should be abolished.
The independent churches of the US work as an example of individual action solving a problem without any government involvement.