The goal of an economic system is to increase the standard of living of the society. It makes little sense to distinguish between producers and consumers in that context, since we are all both producers and consumers. It also makes little sense outside discredited Marxist theory to distinguish between management and labor, since we all share the benefits of increasing economic efficiency and profitability. Unfortunately, U.S. labor law is still based on outmoded notions from the 1930s about mass production and oppressed workers. It is time to accommodate our labor laws to the information age.

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How Will California’s Gender Quotas Impact Women?

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Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: Who Are We Really Protecting?

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Bill Gates Doesn’t Need Any Help from Younger Workers

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Public Filings

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New Prime Inc. v. Oliviera

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Cato Reviews & Journals

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Christina Sandefur. Regulation. Winter 2018-2019.

NIFLA v. Becerra: A Seismic Decision Protecting Occupational Speech

Robert McNamara and Paul Sherman. Supreme Court Review. 2017-2018.

To Speak or Not to Speak, That Is Your Right: Janus v. AFSCME

David Forte. Supreme Court Review. 2017-2018.


Parental Leave: Is There a Case for Federal Action?

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The Case against the Davis-Bacon Act: 54 Reasons for Repeal

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Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

Featuring Trevor Burrus. September 12, 2012. Book Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Trade Adjustment Assistance

By Sallie James. May 2011.