Let the consumer decide

In June, we told you about the case of Adam Sweet, a Portland college student who was trying to earn a living with his moving company, and how state law made that almost impossible. Now, some good news.

On January 14th, Adam and his public interest law firm, Pacific Legal Foundation, organized a “Caravan for Freedom” around the State Capitol, and on January 21st a federal judge in Oregon blocked the state’s attempt to throw Adam’s case out of court without a trial.

Watch this short video, and weigh in with your thoughts about whether it’s right or wrong to let an entrepreneur’s competitors keep him or her from entering their field.


Steve Buckstein is founder and senior policy analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research center.

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  • Joe

    It is wrong. Very wrong.

  • rick metsger

    Nice piece. I am happy to report that I saw the story when it hit the paper a few months ago and was appalled that state law could allow competitors to decide who can get a moving license. I wrote a bill for my senate transportation committee to eliminate that injustice and will be moving that out of committee and onto the senate floor later this month. Thanks for keeping attention on the issue.

    • Steve Buckstein

      Thank you, Senator. If you’d like to mention the bill number here, perhaps Catalyst readers can offer their support for it.

  • John in Oregon

    Oregon is getting national attention. Again. The Video link is posted at Red State and Cato.

    Its exhibit number 1 under the category:

    *The Next Time Someone Tells You We Have Free Markets In The United States . . .*