Sunday, June 1, 2014

bleeding heart libertarian auto-mechanics

There's this common problem that those who advocate for minimal* regulation of trade are accused of not having a heart, when in fact free trade is the most important ingredient in helping people. But since it happens in a disaggregated, non-anecdotal, indirect process as equilibria shift to something better, thwarting at every turn those who wish to restrict trade either out of self-interest or out of misguided concern for others, salient examples are hard to find.

This one is great. A couple guys who would otherwise be unemployed helping out some people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford their car repairs, and the big city government can just sputter "but but we aren't getting tax revenue from them! And we need to be able to protect big businesses who want strict licensing requirements to protect their partial monopolies and make sure I get re-elected consumers from shoddy work!" I mean, sure, who would willingly forego the highly competent and integrity-filled interactions we get from certified mechanics for the sake of saving hundreds of dollars? That kind of crazy decision-making has to be snuffed out by the benevolent nanny state.

Three cheers for Autozone. Not that they would be so tolerant if they had their own repair shop that these guys would be competing with. But that's exactly the point.

On a lighter note, this is amazing.

[Links stolen from Anna and Dan]

*Minimal, not none.


K said...

I often think about the unemployment rate is were these forms of employment to be included; then I think about what the 'official' rate would be were these forms of employment to be allowed, or not so prohibited.

Vera L. te Velde said...

yeah exactly... the same reason labor statistics are so hard to be sure of in developing countries because the 'black'/'formal' market is so large seems to be a growing issue in the U.S. as well.

John Terry said...

After having my vehicle to several shops that seemed to not even begin to understand how a rotary engine worked, I was pleasantly surprised to talk with Rick and find him to not only understand the rotoary but owned one himself. The mechanics there used state of the art electronics to find my problem, fix my problem, all at a reasonable price. Car Repair Nicholasville KY