The private sector is replete with certifying, rating, and accrediting bodies that can attest to the qualifications of almost any occupation and product. The internet empowers consumers as never before with timely information about vendors, professionals, and service-providers of all kinds. From Angie's List to Yelp, from Uber to TripAdvisor, the market promotes transparency and reveals quality with a nimble persistence no state agency can ever match.Yes, the denouncing of creative-destruction-stifling regulation was part of the neoliberal manifesto once advocated by The Washington Monthly.
If baristas, illustrators, and journalists can operate free from government licensing, hair braiders, painting contractors, and acupuncturists can too. It's fine to walk in to the Libertarian Bar. Your drink will be safe, even without a government certificate on the wall.
There's a roundup of the ways regulation stifles creative destruction nailed to Newmark's Door. It's summer, don't trash him for stopping short of 95 theses. Reason's Ronald Bailey summarizes.
It's the Regulations, Stupid!
Take that seriously, though, and it puts the comprehensive-reform-bipartisan-consensus crowd out of business.