When governments pass laws that defy common sense, people often find ways to work around them. That is a major theme explored in my latest book, Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments. America’s crazy quilt of liquor laws, many of which are vestiges of the Prohibition Era, provide a particularly good example because such regulations create powerful incentives for people to behave evasively. When people want to enjoy a drink, they are likely going to find a way to get one.
Mason Gaffney has died. (Many years ago, Mason gave to me a beautiful bound set of the complete works of Henry George. While I never became a Georgist, I find much value in George’s writings – especially in his skilled and nuanced defense of free trade.)