Pro-business but not pro-market
By Scott Sumner
Left wing places often have laws that are hostile to business. This is the case in my own state of California.
Right wing places are often pro-business, but at the expense of being anti-market. For instance, many states protect car dealerships from competition in the form of direct sales by manufacturers. Consider the list of states that will not allow Tesla dealerships:
It’s hard to pin down exactly how many states truly don’t want Tesla to open dealerships. Sixteen states have laws on the books that would prevent that . . .
Here are those states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas.
Interestingly, 14 of those states voted for Trump, while only Connecticut and New Mexico voted for Clinton. So what’s a free market fan to do? Ideally you’d want to find some place with right wing views on capitalism and idealistic views on public policy. Unfortunately, those places are few and far between. Maybe somewhere like Utah or New Hampshire? Any other suggestions?