Hypocrisy and Child Labor
By Bryan Caplan
Robin Hanson on child labor:
Kids work hard at school, housework, sports, practicing music,
supporting clubs, etc. and none of this cruelty is prevented by “child
labor” laws. Such laws only prevent getting paid to work;
they don’t even stop kids interning for free. If child labor laws come
from our revulsion at miserable kids, why are there no laws preventing
tiger moms from making their kids practice music for hours straight
without a bathroom break, or against parents who make their older kids
work full time taking care of younger kids?
This week isn’t the best time for me to begin a crusade for child labor. But read the whole thing nonetheless.