Yesterday I noted  the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for Justice. Today comes further evidence  – which thrills me to my marrow – for why this great institution deserves our applause and support:
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a unanimous opinion granting victory to cancer patients and their supporters from across the nation in a landmark constitutional challenge brought against the U.S. Attorney General. The lawsuit, filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of cancer patients, their families, an internationally renowned marrow-transplant surgeon, and a California nonprofit group, seeks to allow individuals to create a pilot program that would encourage more bone-marrow donations by offering modest compensation—such as a scholarship or housing allowance—to donors. The program had been blocked by a federal law, the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), which makes compensating donors of these renewable cells a major felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Bob Higgs explains the sorry reality that government is rapidly expropriating private wealth . (This activity, alas, is one for which government enjoys a decided comparative advantage.)