The Right to Earn a Living

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-08-16
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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America's founders thought the right to earn a living was so basic and obvious that it didn't need to be mentioned in the Bill of Rights. Yet today that right is burdened by a wide array of government rules and regulations that play favorites, rewrite contracts, encourage frivolous lawsuits, seize private property, and manipulate economic choices to achieve outcomes that bureaucrats favor. The Right to Earn a Living charts the history of this fundamental human right, from the constitutional system that was designed to protect it by limiting government's powers, to the Civil War Amendments that expanded protection to all Americans, regardless of race. It then focuses on the Progressive-era judges who began to erode those protections, and concludes with today's controversies over abusive occupational licensing laws, freedom of speech in advertising, regulatory takings, and much more.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
"The Most Precious Liberty Man Possesses"p. 1
"Corporations" and "Monopolies," Part I: 1602-1870p. 17
"Corporations" and "Monopolies," Part II: 1870 to the Presentp. 39
The Contracts Clause: Victim of the Living Constitutionp. 67
The Era of Substantive Due Process: Slaughterhouse to Lochnerp. 83
The Rational Basis Testp. 123
Protectionism and The Lawp. 141
The Dormant Commerce Clausep. 175
Commercial Speechp. 191
The Manipulation of Contractsp. 213
The Abuse of Tort Lawp. 239
Regulatory Takingsp. 255
The Future of Economic Libertyp. 279
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 361
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