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Lee Friday

Following a 23-year career in the Canadian financial industry, Lee Friday has spent many years studying economics, politics, and social issues. He operates a news site at

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The Scam That Is Urban "Land Use" Planning

Bureaucracy and RegulationThe EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship

Government planners admit they don't know how consumers actually want to use city land. But that doesn't stop them from regulating every lot in town.

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Conflicts of Interest in Government Are More Common than You Think

Cronyism and CorporatismFree Markets

The common definition of "conflict of interest" is far too narrow, and should include taking campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.

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City Council Disregards Stripper Safety with "No-Touch" Rule

Bureaucracy and RegulationLegal System

Forcing money-making opportunities underground — especially for women with few other choices — doesn't make anyone safer.

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Consumers Are Smarter than Bureaucrats Think


The government doesn't think you can make good choices voluntarily. So it's happy to step in and force you to make "better" choices.

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Get Government out of the Welfare Business

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and Regulation

Private charity is more effective than government welfare because private persons contributing their own money are incentivized to identify real needs.

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