If Government Is So Villainous, How Come Government Officials Don't Seem Like Villains?

@inproceedings{Klein1994IfGI,
  title={If Government Is So Villainous, How Come Government Officials Don't Seem Like Villains?},
  author={Daniel Benjamin Klein},
  year={1994}
}
At lunch one day a colleague and I had a freindly argument over occupational licensing. I attacked it for being anticompetitive, arguing that licensing boards raise occupational incomes by restricting entry, advertising, and commercialization. My colleague, while acknowledging anticompetitive aspects, affirmed the need for licensing on the grounds of protecting the consumer from frauds and quacks. In many areas of infrequent and specialized dealing, consumers are not able, ex ante or even ex… CONTINUE READING