A few years ago, I was your typical office-worker: stressed out, uneven energy, overweight, and inconsistent complexion. Now I'm just your typical 28-year old urban hunter-gatherer on a quest to be healthy, and having a few adventures along the way. See my full bio.
Institute for Justice takes the case of paleo blogger, files suit
You may remember that the state of North Carolina tried to shut down a paleo blogger, Steve Cooksey, for giving paid health advice. Today, the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit challenging the occupational licensing laws on constitutional grounds.
We don't take this stuff lying down.
One of the employees at the Institute for Justice, Bob Ewing, is a friend and unsung hero who has been spearheading a lot of this behind the scenes. (Bob attended the New York City Barefoot Run the last two years, and Bob, my pal Michael Malice, and I will be speaking together in June at a Foundation for Economic Education seminar down in Atlanta.)
From the press release:
Arlington, Va.—Can the government throw you in jail for offering advice on the Internet about what people should buy at the grocery store?
That is exactly the claim made by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition. And that is why today diabetic blogger Steve Cooksey of Stanley, N.C. has teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to file a major First Amendment lawsuit against the State Board in federal court."
Here's the fun caveman video that IJ put together on the case:
Here are a few more links on the case:
And here's a great video on the absurdity of most occupational licensing around the country. The vast majority of it just defends existing special interests from competition.