Regulations on Tide Pods? Why New Laws Won’t Fix Everything

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute entitled “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” Helen Krieble discusses the essential link between personal responsibility and limited government: In homes across the country, door knobs are a standard three feet from the floor, but a friend of mine was told she had to replace the door knobs on her whole house with ones four feet from the ground because she had an indoor swimming pool and a toddler might enter her house and drown. Since the pool,

Jail Time for Lawn Mowing? When Environmental Laws Go Too Far…

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. While it is true that we ought to take reasonable measures to minimize pollution and make the most of the earth’s natural resources, legislation designed to protect the environment oftentimes goes too far by sacrificing personal freedom in an attempt to satisfy environmental lobbyists. In her Liberty Minute entitled “Mow the Lawn, Go to Jail,” Helen Krieble talks about one such law which threatens homeowners with jail time for simply mowing their own lawns: If you trim the trees, mow

Why Does This City Require a Police Permit to Sell Books?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Much to the dismay of many American readers, brick-and-mortar bookstores are quickly becoming a dying breed. But while our first instinct may be to point our fingers at Amazon and other online book-selling websites, the blame must also be placed on federal, state, and local bureaucrats whose needless meddling and regulations accelerate the extinction of small mom-and-pop businesses, including bookstores. In a Liberty Minute entitled “The Right to Keep and Bear Books,” Helen Krieble shares the story of a bookstore

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished — Especially by the Government

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Helen Krieble’s Liberty Minute titled “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” tells the story of two innocent citizens who ended up having to pay a steep fine when they were just trying to help a friend out: A couple stopped to pick up a carpool friend who wasn’t ready yet. So they decided to drive around the block a few times while they waited. They were pulled over and discovered, with a hefty ticket, that it’s against the law in their

These 2 Cities Are Penalizing Food Trucks to Protect Restaurants. That’s a Bad Idea.

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute titled “Designing Freedom,” Helen Krieble tells the story of a lady she knows whose ability to make a living as an interior designer was threatened by legislation aimed at eliminating competition by entrepreneurs like her: I know a lady who set up an interior design business and was doing quite well, her business growing quickly. But the established design industry didn’t like the competition. Its lobbyists convinced the state legislature to pass a requirement that all

Don’t Build That: Government Threats to Americans’ Property Rights Multiply

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment forbids that “private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” However, time and time again that clause has not stopped governments from trying to deprive citizens of the use of their property. In her Liberty Minute titled “Good Fences Bad Government,” Helen Krieble talks about one of these such instances which occurred when the government used fencing regulations to deprive a New England farmer of the use of his property: The

No, Repealing Net Neutrality Will Not Lead to Doomsday. Here’s Why.

Today is a pretty normal Thursday in America for 2017. There’s some intense negotiating going on in Congress, some political speculation fueled by a Politico article, and some snow on the ground in many places. Just what you’d expect for a December weekday. But if you go on Reddit (which I don’t recommend, since it can be a seedy place), you’d think December 14, 2017 was the apocalypse or Y2K all over again. Tomorrow, we are going to wake up in a barren wasteland where people die as CEOs get rich. Why, you ask? The neckbearded geeks on sites like Reddit and 4chan are in

No More Garage Businesses? How One City Is Destroying Startups

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These three inalienable rights acknowledged in the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence form the basis of the American notion of freedom. Although they slightly changed the wording of the third right from “property” to “pursuit of Happiness,” the Founders were strongly influenced by