Empower the Working Class: Abolish Occupational Licensing

by | Jan 21, 2023

It’s time to consistently apply the “my body my choice” principle. If consenting adults want to engage in economic activity, no third party should forcibly stop them.

Democrats always say “voting once every two years between two politicians is how you express yourself”. A far better way of representing people’s preferences: Decriminalize all capitalist acts between consenting adults!

For more, see The Voluntaryist Handbook.

Occupational licensing is a phony guardian of public safety that hikes prices, protects existing practitioners from competition, and raises barriers to work and mobility…

– With Jordan Peterson, Occupational Licensing Becomes a Way To Censor, Reason.com


The main point of occupational licensing is, we’re told, to protect the public from incompetent and crooked practitioners in various trades and professions. That licensing more often protects the licensed from competition and jacks up prices in the process has been revealed by many researchers (and even defended by a few advocates of intrusive regulation). But evidence continues to grow from multiple sources that occupational licensing acts as a barrier to entry for the most vulnerable people without offering much in the way of benefit to the public.

– Occupational Licensing Hurts the Vulnerable Without Helping the Public, Reason.com

About Keith Knight

Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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