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Case Study: Taxis
Piece by Piece, The Blue Model Sickens and Dies
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  • DiogenesDespairs

    Let ten thousand flowers bloom…

    • John Stephens

      “Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.” Remember how that worked out?

  • FriendlyGoat

    1) The COMMERCIAL insurance which should be carried by Uber and Lyft on cars for hire is not a minor detail. It is the most important part of the debate—-unless all car owners would like to have that just rated into THEIR personal auto policies, a likely default outcome unless pressure can be brought on Uber and Lyft. They’re not friendly little not-for-profits, you know.

    2) Citizens never really asked for crony capitalists to screw over drivers and riders with a medallion system.

    • Corlyss

      “Citizens never really asked for crony capitalists to screw over drivers and riders with a medallion system.”
      Every time some consumer gets incensed about something that offends them, they get a bunch of friends together or people with similar gripes, and they begin clamoring for the legislature to do something. That’s how we get a lot of the suffocating regulations we got now. The whining quotient in the country is thru the roof. Not everything is a federal case or a state case as the case might be.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Yeah, that’s why some grandparents’ bank deposits disappeared in the 30’s, but yours haven’t. That’s why your faucet water is not killing you. That’s why, chances are, your home is connected to a sewer. We could go on, but you’re extrapolating “something” to everything, which is absurd and a bunch of non-thinkers are following you.

        • circleglider

          “Thinking” like this kept humanity in poverty for millennia… and has every chance of plunging us into it once again.

          • FriendlyGoat

            I never cease to be amazed at the propensity for conservatives to turn things upside down and backwards—–AND attract a passel of bubbas to agree. Lack of clean water and lack of collective sewers actually did keep people in poverty and disease for millennia. Lack of financial regulation actually did keep MOST people in poverty for millennia. And YOU, in your infinite wisdom, propound the reverse.

          • qet

            You are offering classic government functions (public utilities) as examples, and they don’t analogize well to taxi or beautician regulation. As for the bank deposits–what the government did was to insure them. Sure, there was a lot of collateral regulation, and I for one, in an exception to my usual skepticism-to-hostility toward regulations, think the Glass-Steagall regime should have been retained. But the effective element was the federal deposit insurance. What I never cease to be amazed at is the reductio ad absurdum performed by every left-leaning person on any criticism of any regulation or regulatory regime: if I am against Regulation X, then I must perforce be against all regulations of all stripes. If I am against the CFPB then I must not want the state to inspect meatpacking plants. It is the equivalent to right-leaning people equating any social welfare program with full-on socialism.

    • John Stephens

      Any time anyone, anywhere says “there oughta be a law!”, THEY’RE ASKING FOR IT.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Of course there should be no law against your neighbors’ pit bulls jumping your fence and killing your children. You’d be “asking for it” if you wanted any animal control.

        • JollyGreenChemist

          That’s what wrongful death law lawsuits are for.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Did you know that most of the people with pit bulls have few or no assets from which to collect a judgment? And that insurers want nothing to do with such dogs either?

    • Jeff Gauch

      You don’t have to ask for mercantilists (crony capitalism is a misnomer, since it has nothing to do with capitalism), they come free with every regulatory body.

      • FriendlyGoat

        That’s how John D. Rockefeller senior got so rich, right? He was over-regulated?

        • Jeff Gauch

          No, he got rich by making everyone in America wealthier. Specifically, he pioneered new ways of creating and delivering kerosene, making it much less expensive and allowing it to replace candles and whale oil as the primary means of generating light in the home.

          Serendipitously, he wound up creating the infrastructure that would enable the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Guilds were a heavy burden on the economies of medieval times, is it possible that the modern Guilds are on the chopping block as well. Are Doctors, Lawyers, Dentists, Realtors, Barbers, etc… all going to face competition from people that can do the job but lack the political permission in a state license to do so.

    • Texas_Accountant

      I’m glad you left accountants off of your list.

      • FriendlyGoat

        I spent some years in accounting myself, and I’m guessing that (since the public understands less about what CPAs actually do than is understood about the work of doctors, lawyers, realtors and barbers), you’re safe.

    • qet

      In fact, in an era before mass production technologies and mass information dissemination (printed books), guilds developed and transmitted quality production techniques and standards, which is arguably a good thing. They also provided many social services in the pre-modern state era, such as social insurance, to their members. Of course, when the historical moment/era arrived that made them obsolete or at best redundant, they did not step aside, they had to be shoved. Whether we are at a similar historical moment with respect to the traditional licensed professions (medicine, law) will be known only in hindsight. But the decisive difference between guilds and today’s licensed professions is that guilds mostly were of craft workers and artisans–producers of goods, of things–and the professions are service providers. A rule of caveat emptor does not operate as well in that realm. Also, the stakes tend to be higher–a poor quality table or lamp versus a botched operation or a botched real estate conveyance.

      • LizardLizard

        How about university professors? $50K/year for what, when MOOCs provide excellent lectures for free?

  • Carl Corneliuson

    so i see that uber ceased operations in nevada after losing in court. will that spread to other jurisdictions?

    • FriendlyGoat

      Yes, maybe. Conservatives want to kill regulation—–BUT they may not want to set precedents to kill remedies for infringement on the rights of franchise owners, those rights being the basis of the judge’s ruling in Nevada.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Good Riddance.

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