No, Politicians Can’t ‘Fix’ Prices—and That’s OK

Price controls lead to the misallocation of resources, shortages, diminished product quality, and black markets. Prices and wages set on market dynamics reflect underlying economic realities and then send out a signal for help. Price controls only mask these realities, which inevitably worsens the economy’s ability to respond with what ordinary consumers and workers need.

https://reason.com/2024/05/16/no-politicians-cant-fix-prices-and-thats-ok/

Dayton food handout law dates to 2005 fights over Cooper Park meals for homeless

Members and supporters of nonprofit groups and political organizations including Nourish Our Neighbors, the Libertarian Party of Montgomery County and the Southwest Ohio Party for Socialism and Liberation say the city law criminalizes feeding and helping the poor.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/local/dayton-food-handout-law-dates-to-2005-fights-over-cooper-park-meals-for-homeless/E7FOU7BB5FFEPC4UP5K5HWYH2U

Apple’s Big Business: Mises is Right, Sen Warren is Wrong

Ludwig von Mises put it perfectly when stating that “It is big business that makes all the achievements of modern technology accessible to the common man. Everybody is benefited by the high productivity of big scale production.”

Mises goes on to assert that “It is silly to speak of the ‘power’ of big business. The very mark of capitalism is that supreme power in all economic matters is vested in the consumers. All big enterprises grew from modest beginnings into bigness because the patronage of the consumers made them grow.”

They Can Afford It!

Workers who cost more to employ at the minimum wage than these workers contribute to any firm’s bottom line will not be employed…. To point to the high net worths of companies such as Walmart and McDonald’s, Inc., as a reason why hikes in the minimum wage would have no adverse impact on any low-skilled workers is uninformed and unreflective nonsense.

The Difference Between Justice and the Rule of Law

As a libertarian, I would like to abolish a vast range of current laws for reasons unrelated to rule-of-law considerations. I think a high proportion of current laws are substantively unjust; if I didn’t think that, I would not be a libertarian in the first place.

https://reason.com/volokh/2024/04/30/the-difference-between-justice-and-the-rule-of-law/

Libertarian Party of Montgomery County condemns Dayton anti-homeless ordinance

The Libertarian Party of Montgomery County condemns Dayton Code of Ordinances Sec. 137.21, “Preparing and distributing food in a public place within central area of the city”, which has surfaced in the news following the arrest of a local man for violating its provisions.

Nearly a decade old, this ordinance is a blight on our community, restricting individual freedoms and hindering acts of charity. By mandating that individuals obtain a $50, one-use permit to prepare or distribute food, clothing, or toiletries in public spaces within the central area of the city, this ordinance imposes unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and financial burdens on those seeking to assist their fellow citizens in need.

While purportedly enforced under the guise of food safety, it is clear that the true intent of the law is to control and manage the visibility of poverty and homelessness in the downtown area. The recent arrest serves as a stark reminder of the detrimental impact of such heavy-handed regulations on our community.

Josh Umbaugh, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Montgomery County, Ohio, remarked on the situation, stating: “City ordinance 137.2 is incredibly disrespectful to the freedoms of Dayton citizens. It shouldn’t be illegal for a neighbor to help a neighbor. How ridiculous is that?!”

The Libertarian Party of Montgomery County calls for the immediate repeal of this unjust law. This ordinance’s regulation of charitable activities in downtown Dayton is a form of political theater aimed at masking our city’s social and economic challenges, rather than addressing them directly.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Libertarian Party of Montgomery County

[email protected]

Our question is, how does requiring a permit help the unhoused community members in Dayton?

It doesn’t. It’s simply just a fee handed to the government in hopes that they grant you “permission” to help your community members.

‘It’s just food’: Activists want Dayton to repeal ordinance requiring permit to distribute food downtown

A week earlier, Dayton police arrested a 25-year-old man at Courthouse Square after city officials said he continued to hand out food after he and others were warned by officers to stop because it violated city code.

Officers said they responded after receiving an anonymous complaint about the food distribution activities, according to body camera footage obtained by this newspaper. An officer in the body camera video says, “It’s all about just getting a permit, man — that’s all it is.”

https://www.daytondailynews.com/local/its-just-food-activists-want-dayton-to-repeal-ordinance-requiring-permit-to-distribute-food-downtown/RVSK26XVWBGTZFZPGANTLUZU2Q

https://archive.is/nYaPR

Government Data Refute the Notion That Overprescribing Caused the ‘Opioid Crisis’

Yet millions of pain patients have been force-tapered to ineffective dose levels, and thousands of them are dying of medical collapse or suicide, while the DEA continues to persecute their doctors for trying to help them. It is time to evict the DEA from doctors’ examination rooms.

https://reason.com/2024/04/15/government-data-refute-the-notion-that-overprescribing-caused-the-opioid-crisis/