Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On Behalf of African Hairbraiders, The Institute for Justice Goes Up Against Utah's Cosmetology Cartel

"The Constitution protects the right to earn an honest living without arbitrary and unreasonable government interference.But if you want to braid hair for a living in Utah, you must submit yourself to a completely irrational licensing scheme to get permission from the government before you are allowed to work. No one should have to hire a lawyer or lobbyist just to braid hair.  The right to earn an honest living is an essential part of our nation’s promise of opportunity."

Note: The Institute for Justice has successfully challenged state cosmetology regulations in 7 states on behalf of hairbraiders, and has never lost a case.  Hopefully, the state of Utah will be victory #8 for IJ.  


At 4/26/2011 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These IJ videos are powerful!

At 4/26/2011 11:24 AM, Blogger Benjamin Cole said...

I am glad there are a few right-wingers interested in real economic justice--the ability of jitney drivers, push-cart vendors, recreational drug dealers, prostitutes, haircutters etc--to make a living.

It is remarkable how many low-capital, low-barrier-to-entry businesses are effectively illegalized by state and local government.

I wonder how many millions of entrepreneurs are being stifled by local regs, usually at the behest of the local business community, homeowners and local public transit unions.

At 4/26/2011 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo, IJ. And the above commenter is quite astute to point out how excessive licensure hurts job creation in the U.S. Licensing hair-braiders in Utah, florists in Louisiana--these requirements are a joke.

At 4/26/2011 2:25 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...


Did you read that! You've been called ASTUTE! You should enjoy that for as long as you can, before you write something that draws the normal, well-deserved abuse down on you again.

At 4/26/2011 9:00 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

Benjamin is right. When they are ready, I have a job for them.


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