Who Is Gouging Whom?

Last Wednesday the House of Representatives passed legislation instituting penalties of up to $150 million for companies and up to $2 million and 10 years’ imprisonment for individuals found guilty of gasoline “price gouging.” But the real gouger...

Who Is Gouging Whom?

Last Wednesday 79 members of the House of Representatives introduced a bill instituting criminal and civil penalties on any corporation or individual found guilty of gasoline “price gouging.” But the real gouger driving up gasoline prices is not the...
“Price Gouging” Laws

“Price Gouging” Laws

The House has approved a bill that imposes criminal and civil penalties (up to $150 million for refiners and $2 million for retailers) on any energy company found guilty of “price gouging.” But selling at prices some people feel is too high violates no...

Human Organs for Sale?

The organ-transplant tragedy at UC Irvine Medical Center, where according to the Los Angeles Times “more than 30 people died awaiting liver transplants . . . as the hospital turned down scores of organs that might have saved them,” illustrates the terrible...

Human Organs for Sale?

As athletes from around the world gathered for the 2005 World Transplant Games in the city of London, Canada, a record 87,000 individuals who did not share the athletes’ good fortune stand on the U.S. national waiting list for organs. Of the 82,000 waiting for...

“Public” Use vs. Property Rights

In another heavy blow to property rights, the Supreme Court has ruled against the homeowners in the New London, Connecticut, eminent domain case, and further entrenched the legal principle that government can seize an individual’s property for “public...