• Defending the Indefensible

      Nearly everyone agrees that some things are wrong. Things like child labor, ticket scalping, price gouging, kidney selling, and blackmail.

      I used to agree. But after I read the book "Defending the Undefendable" by Walter Block, my eyes opened. It was like a jungle gym for my brain. Sometimes I thought everything I had learned was... wrong.

      That's where the title of my syndicated column this week comes from. Here's an excerpt:

      Most people call child labor an unmitigated evil. But my guests, David Boaz of the Cato Institute and Nick Gillespie of Reason.tv, said that's wrong.

      "If we say that the United States should abolish child labor in very poor countries," Boaz said, "then what will happen to these children? ... They're not suddenly going to go to the country day school. ... They may be out selling their bodies on the street. That is not an improvement over working in a t-shirt factory."

      In fact, studies show that in at least one country where child labor was suddenly banned, prostitution increased.

      Read about more "indefensible" ideas here, or watch segments of the show here.

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