The case for an economy of permission-less exchanges
Requiring business permits stifles prosperity just as requiring speech permits will choke ideas
There is widespread recognition, especially among readers of newspaper columns, that we need free speech to exchange ideas for human creativity to flourish. And yet, what is essentially the same idea, freedom of exchange in the marketplace for goods and services, does not get the same attention. We tend to ignore that the government requires us to get all kinds of permissions even to engage in a simple market exchange.