I can’t get enough of these “cops bust lemonade stand” videos. This one actually tells you what the kids have to do to stay legal: Acquire a business license, food, and vendors permits at a cost of $50 a day, plus an extra $180 a year. What adult can afford those fees? … And it’s like….gee whiz? Where did all this unemployment come from? Don’t look too hard, people.
And then…if a grown-up DID set up a lemonade stand, she couldn’t hire those girls. That would violate child labor laws. The girls are hosed!
And don’t gimme this “We don’t know what’s in it,”crap. If the authorities, or anyone else for that matter, are so worried, then they should make the girls take a sip first before they buy some. If the girls vomit all over their shirts and keel over, then you know it’s no good. Isn’t that how tyrants do it?
Actually not a bad way to look at it. Now consider how much work the government criminalizes through wage regulations and other red tape. …
Official guidance notes: “For latex balloons there must be a warning that children under eight years must be supervised and broken balloons should be discarded.” Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, warned that toy safety bans were part of a trend to micro-manage children’s lives at the expense of allowing them to explore, learn and have fun through play.
“I would say that this is crackers but I sure children are banned from using them too. EU party poopers should not be telling families how to blow up balloons,” said the Ukip MEP.
Omitting the most important fact of all, a citation to the actual legislation so that we may do our own research, is journalistic malpractice, IMO. Especially where the alleged regulation is as preposterous as this.
The regulation is Directive 2009/48/EC. Quoted text in the article is not from the 37-page directive itself. Rather, it is from the 174 page “TSD Explanatory Guidance Document“. Further reading: European Commission, Enterprise and Industry: Toy Safety Directives; Europa, Summaries of EU Legislation: Toy safety.
Ted Balaker at Reason made a big deal of the so-called ban in Reason.tv’s most recent “Nanny of the Month”</em installment. As far as I can tell, at least regarding balloons, the regulations require balloons to carry warning labels and to be designed in such a way so as to minimize the risk of choking and/or poisoning. It does not, as far as I can tell, make anyone into a criminal upon the inflation of a balloon by an unsupervised child. It’s still nannyism, but I don’t see the regulation as imposing such a broad and ominous ban.
Kinda harsh, but kinda true. You’ll notice that this article was also the source of the above lemonade stand video.
Links for November 7, 2011: Lemonade stand license costs $50 per day; EU “bans” underage balloon inflation; others….November 5, 2011
Links for October 25, 2010: Interview with Marakay Rogers, Libertarian Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor; More “Quantitative Easing” to Come; others….October 24, 2010
Links for October 4, 2010: Police Corruption in NY, How Many Stimuli Does It Take To Revive an Economy?, others….October 3, 2010
Links for May 24, 2010: The War on Airline Carry-On Fees, Columbia Police Chief Wishes Marijuana Reform Movement Success, Thoughts on Oil, others….May 23, 2010
- World Socialist Party (US) | Labor Theory of Value
Looking for a simple, concise explanation of the theory, I find instead this litany of apologetics. Written almost entirely on the defensive, the article explains nothing about the Labor Theory of Value except why Marx scoffed at requests to explain it: — “if one wanted to ‘explain’ from the outset all phenomena that apparently contradict the law, one would have to provide the science before the science” (Collected Works vol. 43, p. 68). I don’t know if that explanation satisfies you, but I find it wanting. I think, ultimately, Marx uses the word “VALUE” as a term of art that means simply that part of an item’s existence attributable to the labor required to produce it. So, if I spent 50 man-hours making 50,000 turd sandwiches, Marx would “VALUE” those turd sandwiches at the going rate for 50 man-hours of labor. Sure, the labor theory of value makes sense in THAT context, but what about real life, in which we don’t always have the luxury of defining words as we please?
Update: It has come to my attention after listening to a lecture on the opening chapter of Marx’s Capital that Marx believed that useless items had no value. He actually employed three terms of art, and what he saw as the relationships between them, to describe what a layman would call “value”. The terms are: use value, exchange value, and value. An explanation of this in the linked article would have been helpful.
- reason.tv | Don’t Get Hurt
Fear of addiction and other harms resulting from prescription pain-killers is overblown, argues Ted Balaker at Reason. Read the rest of this entry »
The Barr Code | Canadian Premier comes to US for heart surgery
"This episode simply reflects the reality that procedures such as those which the Canadian provincial leader underwent — which are not always available elsewhere – are always readily available in the United States." —- The universal health care crowd would respond: "Yes, they are available….but only to the RICH!" To me, it always comes back to freedom of association. If you have money, and you can afford to pay for a procedure, then you should be allowed to.
Mises Institute | Arguments Against Anarchy – Jarret B. Wollstein
I've been on the fence between minarchism and anarchism for quite some time. Counter-arguments like this make the anarchist position sound sensible to me. This is the endgame of libertarian theory. We don't have to deal directly with this sort of issue until our other libertarian experiments work out as well as we expect them to. Those who are uncomfortable with jettisoning government altogether can rest assured that the Libertarian Party platform still accepts the validity of a minimal government maintained only to secure individual rights.