Seatbelt laws, helmet laws, vaccination requirements, FDA regulation, laws against prostitution and drug use and much more are often described as creating "victimless crimes". Like pollution, these "victimless crimes" create large but widely distributed costs, rather than costs to a single individual. Costs such as increased insurance rates, family tragedy, increased injury and disease, etc.
- Defending the Undefendable (book, online)
- (2008) Walter Block praises the pimp, prostitute, scab, slumlord, libeler, moneylender and other scapegoats in the rogue's gallery of American society. By cleverly ignoring the harms they commit. "[Third Parties] have neither stake nor standing in the matter, and should be ignored." Anybody with any concept of the role of institutions will see the folly of this book.
- Regulation (21 links)
- Regulation can protect important liberties, such as freedom from poisoning by pollution. Regulation can benefit by eliminating some bad choices or protecting from side effects. Complaints that regulation "destroys jobs" are laughable because ordinary productivity increases routinely destroy vast numbers of jobs. How many of us have farm jobs any more? Meeting regulatory requirements may even create new jobs.
- Public Health Approach (17 links)
- The public health approach treats problems (such as infectious diseases, addictive drugs, gambling, extramarital sex, pollution and other environmental problems) with harm reduction, rather than simple moral judgements or prohibition. Libertarians still oppose it because it is a successful government social program and an alternative to their radicalism.
- Michigan's weakened helmet use law leads to costlier injury claims [More...]
- "The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state changed its helmet law to exempt most riders last year, a new analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds."
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