Here's a recent New York Times story: 11,000 Will Die Waiting For Transplants This Year The actual figure may be closer to 43,000. These deaths are caused by a government law that prevents monetary compensation for kidney donors. And this makes the following subhead a bit hard to swallow: People on the organ wait list say it's time for the government to step in It would be as if the New York Times thought the government should "step in" to...
A couple of years ago, Mark Perry did an excellent post about prices in the health care industry. He presented a table that suggests the price of plastic surgery has risen much less rapidly than other medical costs: I'm surprised by these results. To see...
The root cause of NYC housing costs is property zoning and other regulations that stifle new supply. The same thing is true along the West Coast and some other regions.
Rent control is a palliative, not a cure.
But even libertarians are afraid to take on property zoning. The lack of any meaningful traction on dezoning---nor prospects for ever dezoning--- America's cities make rent control a reasonable palliative. (I understand that you get better allocation of resources without rent control, but also the current zoning-system system is successful class warfare from the top down).
I keep hoping libertarians will put on the front-burner issues that can raise living standards for the employee-middle class, such as unzoning property, decriminzlizing push-cart and truck-vending, or getting the Fed to target much lower U3 unemployment rates.
The employee-class needs to see that free-markets work for them.
See this link. Maybe we see AOC in the White House. Deservedly.