The new issue of Reason Magazine celebrates a rare victory for liberty.
But Editor Matt Welch puts the victory in perspective amidst...
The never-ending struggle to go about your business without fear of government sanction.
The 2,300 page Dodd-Frank finance regulatory act adds more sanctions:
As Associate Editor Peter Suderman wrote when the law was being passed, “For regulators in Washington, this is a He-Man moment: They get to lift thousands of pages of legislation above their heads and declare, ‘I have the power!’
The Act brings more complication to a world where no business can be certain that it isn’t in violation of some law.
People who don’t know if their day-to-day behavior will trigger criminal prosecution are not truly free. … If cops or motivated government attorneys decide they don’t like you, life can soon become hell.
… Once you take it as a given that the government has an important say in what you do with your property or put in your body, a whole universe of appalling actions and apologia becomes possible.
… sometimes it feels like we’re losing a game of whack-a-mole. For every outrage reversed through bad publicity or expensive lawyering, there are untold dozens of quiet capitulations to a rampaging state.
…until we make a dent in the widespread notion that there always has to be some type of government structure or some taxpayer-financed watchdog to police every imaginable peaceable transaction, any contemplated fix to the mess we’re in will be temporary at best.