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James Hall

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What is the justification for government to require that business licenses are necessary to do business? While, when one dares to demand an answer to this basic question, you know a lawyer will step in to impose their viewpoint on the masses. According to LegalZoomLicenses are required for three main purposes:

1.    To identify your business and make sure you are accountable for your actions

2.    To protect the public health and safety

3.    To keep track of your finances for tax purposes

Well, the first provides the rationale for the imposition of attorneys and courts as arbitrators and enforcers. Such a theory is the basis of placing individuals and all commercial activities under the authority of governmental approved civil servants and magistrates. In practice the second criteria ignores the reality that the government on all of its levels, agencies and jurisdictions are the most egregious destroyers of public health and safety. The third is the most obvious and offensive rationalization for legalized theft.     

In this era of delusional government worship, the most avid proponents of authoritarian regulation seldom miss an opportunity to chastise the natural rights of the individual to conduct commerce. The monetary philosophy of Laissez-Faire principles is viewed as the worst commercial system possible by the advocates of a managed economy.

Economist Toufic Gaspard laid out what he saw as the axioms of laissez-faire:

·         The individual is the basic unit in society

·         The individual has a natural right to freedom

·         The physical order of nature is harmonious and self-regulating system

·         Corporations are creatures of the state and therefore must be watched closely by the citizenry due to their propensity to disrupt the spontaneous order

Critiques of Laissez-Faire

"One of the chief critiques of laissez-faire is that capitalism as a system has moral ambiguities built into it: It does not inherently protect the weakest in society. While laissez-faire advocates argue that if individuals serve their own interests first, societal benefits will follow, detractors feel laissez-faire actually leads to poverty and economic imbalances. The idea of letting an economic system run without regulation or correction in effect dismisses or further victimizes those most in need of assistance, they say."

Oh, all those who hang their hat on uplifting the least competitive want to impose every imaginable kind of license and form of regulations to restrict the voluntary transactions that are essential to any type of business activity.

What is most regrettable is that the most intense libtard detractors of the corporatists fail to see much less appreciate that the laissez-faire approach produces the greatest potential for wealth creation. For a society to encourage true beneficial business deals, all parties must strive to become economically literate.

Obtaining a business license has nothing to do with teaching these skills. Only the ruling jurisdiction and their governmental enablers advance the supposition that individuals must be monitored in their buying and selling behavior. Start with the absurd, Having a Garage Sale or Yard Sale?

"When garage sale time settles in, you know that having one garage sale or yard sale a year doesn't make you a business. But it might make you subject to taxes and local regulations, depending on the state where you live and have that sale. Before setting out items for your garage sale or yard sale, check on these issues involved with the "business" of holding a garage sale:

Local permits and licenses for garage sales or yard sales

Income taxes on the profits from the sale

Sales taxes on the cost of the items sold"

Just how intrusive into the commercial affairs of the lowly junk sellers are people willing to put up with? Next compare a venture that is all the rage. TAKING YOUR DIGITAL CURRENCY BUSINESS TO THE US – TACKLING STATE-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS encourages the trading in phantom value fiat specie. Few would object to a rigorous regulation and oversight of such dubious financial instruments. However, basing this conclusion on a product that pushes the envelope of its very existence should be the central issue.

By adoption a certifying authorization places a seal of legitimacy on the product itself. Governmental licensing as an administrative procedure is not likely to disappear. Yet the arbitrary attitude that allows arrogant authoritarian "public servants" to dictate every minute commercial activity is abhorrent to any free minded market maker.

News from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is in a report from The de-licensing of occupations in the United States indicates several structural obstacles that keep the regulatory society in place.

"In nearly every instance that we analyzed, de-licensing and de-licensing attempts have been met not only with stiff resistance but also usually (when successful) with a movement to reinstitute licensing. Clearly, these results reflect the lobbying power of the occupations in question and their professional associations.

We believe this article is the first to uncover and analyze instances of the successful de-licensing of occupations at the state level. Of course, some cases may have been overlooked. The reasons are many, including that no central clearinghouse exists that collects records of de-licensing as well as that some state legislative audits are incomplete and not always available. In addition, imprecision and ambiguity are often found in the use of the terms “license,” “certification,” and “registration.” Unfortunately, the three terms are sometimes used interchangeably, with confusion the occasional result. Furthermore, often what appear to be occupational licenses are in fact simply business licenses. Occupational licenses are issued to individuals giving them the right to practice, whereas business licenses are issued to companies. Still, the de-licensing of an occupation no doubt rarely occurs. Recent attempts in nine states to collectively de-license groups of occupations have shown more potential, but as of yet, they have been almost uniformly unsuccessful."

Economic liberty is not a priority in this collectivist culture of business hostility. Respect for the individual has become the primary causality of compliance commerce. Business requires competition to grow and prosper. Uplifting the economic fortunes of citizens is an objective that everyone should strive to achieve.

James Hall - May 23, 2018