John Kristof is a Research Fellow at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis who writes frequently on economic issues. He joins the Young Voices Podcast today to talk about occupational licensing following an outcry over “Permit Patty”, a woman who called the cops of a young child in San Francisco for selling water bottles on her block.

John has studied matters related to labor, economics and the idea of getting a permission slip to work. His most recent piece in RealClearPolicy looks at the battle for the right to sell lemonade in your own neighborhood and how companies are getting involved to fight arcane laws.

Follow John on Twitter @jmkristof.

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  • I just read an article about a woman who gave birth at home. She and the father stayed with their child for several days, neither of them working. But on day 6 when they went into the hospital for a check up, they were treated like criminals or idiots. Their child was forcibly taken away, sent to a pediatric center at a different hospital, and tested for a thousand different things. Nothing was wrong. A social worker was trying to prove negligence to have the child sent to foster care! The couple were not allowed to leave until 9:30PM after a whole day of waiting, and were billed over $3,000 for the whole experience. If they had tried to protect their child, they would have been imprisoned and removed from their child longer.   For dire situations like this, I keep envisioning communities and neighborhoods banding together against it. The individual, our divided people fighting each other, is not strong enough to fight back against the gov’t. I imagine services like that privatized Detroit Police, which focuses on non-violent ways of deterring the situation, disarming the threat, etc. Very NAP. I just know if I come into contact with cops it’s going to be a hella bad time for me. I’ve been working out so I can actually be strong enough to learn self-defense without straining something. But it’s not enough. Even the best trained individual will be charged and detained for shooting at a cop in self defense, or something.

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  • I was thinking. There seem to be a lot of places with very limited water available. At the same time there are many places who have way too much water. Why is there no infrastructure, like there is for oil, to ship water from places with more than enough to places that need it? Desalination seems to be very expensive. Putting water into a big tanker and shipping it however, seems affordable. Even better would be pipelines. Why are there no pipelines, going from say the great lakes to California. Does anyone know the answer?

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  • Hi everyone! I am trying to get a group of libertarians together for a meetup to watch the third Atlas Shrugged movie in SF. Please RSVP on Facebook. Thanks!

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