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The Compassion of Competition

Those who promote strict labor regulations always couch their arguments in terms of compassion for society’s underdogs. Mandated benefits from employers are meant to help workers struggling to make ends meet. Licensing requirements on businesses are meant to protect the unwary consumer from greedy snake oil salesmen, eager to take advantage. It all makes for good TV. But like most good TV, the truth is hidden behind a thick layer of stage makeup and soft focus. The very regulations that are supposed to help the little guy actually have the opposite effect.

09/14/2015
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Judge Brings California One Step Closer to Killing Uber

In the state of California, the popular ridesharing service Uber is under serious attack. We’ve covered how earlier this year, the California Labor Commission issued a ruling that the company’s drivers should be classified as employees, rather than the independent contractors Uber claims they are. This classification has major implications for Uber and all similar services in the future, since employees are subject to massive labor regulations from which contractors are exempt. The cost of complying with these regulations would be crippling, if not fatal, for Uber’s services in California, and the door would be closed on any businesses with a similarly innovative business model in the future.

09/02/2015
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How California Regulation Will Destroy Uber’s Business Model

Recently the state of California struck a major blow to the ride-sharing industry, primarily the popular app-based taxi service, Uber. On June 19th, the California Labor Commissioner issued an order which officially labels Uber drivers as employees, instead of independent contractors like the ride-sharing business had intended for them to remain.

06/22/2015
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Uber: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

Since its inception, the popular ride sharing service Uber has been struggling against the burdensome set of regulations governing taxi services. In essence, government enforces a taxi monopoly by making it ridiculously expensive for anyone to break into the industry. This limits the supply of taxis while keeping prices nice and high for incumbents. Everyone was happy except the people who had to put up with poor service, long wait times, and high prices.

10/29/2014
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The Department of Transportation Wants Drivers to Get Lost

Technology is continually frustrating government regulators. The advance of innovation is so rapid, that slow-moving bureaucracies have had to struggle just to keep up. Of course this hasn’t stopped them from trying. After all, what is the alternative? Letting people enjoy the benefits of new goods and services without interfering or meddling in any way? Obviously, they can’t have that.

06/23/2014
"The FDA Is Trying to Ruin the Mobile App Market"
"By regulating health care apps out of existence."
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The FDA Is Trying to Ruin the Mobile App Market

In most basic economics textbooks, which, for all their faults, mostly recognize the virtue of free markets, the only rationale given for government intervention in the economy is a so-called “market failure,” a situation where no efficient outcome can be reached purely through voluntary exchange.

06/06/2014
"Keep the Digital Wild West Wild"
"Government regulations are stifling new and innovative business models."
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Keep the Digital Wild West Wild

UPDATE 6-5-2014: In their continuing efforts to ruin all that is good and decent in the world, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has sent cease and desist letters to two car service companies, Uber and Lyft, operated through mobile apps. While these services provide safe, efficient, and affordable options for people to get from point A to point B, the DMV apparently thinks it is more important to protect the oligopolies of cab companies, not to mention their own revenues, than to allow consumers to buy services they overwhelmingly enjoy.

05/13/2014
Will the FDA Hold Back Medical Innovation?
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Will the FDA Hold Back Medical Innovation?

Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns is the observation that as technologies advance, the rate of change continuously increases. Innovations build off previous discoveries, so that the greater the aggregate level of technology, the more potential there is for further advancement. Now that the Internet has made the entirety of human knowledge readily accessible to anyone who cares to look, opportunities for invention have never been greater.

05/06/2013