Monday, May 30, 2005

London - 150 years of armchairs and expensive hair salons

MAY 29, 1953

Women block road

A determined group of London Township mothers living on Vancouver Street form a barricade of lawn chairs and block the road between Dundas and Scott streets to protest the lack of sidewalks and traffic controls. The women stop and turn back all passenger and delivery vehicles attempting to use Vancouver Street as a thoroughfare, arguing that speeding vehicles are a hazard to their children who play in the area.
May 29, 2005

Women barricade local barber shops.

A militant group of Middlesex County women living in the posh areas of Masonville Mall form a barricade of shoes and powersuits and block the entrance to barber shops across the region to protest the lack of price controls. The women stop and force back all males attempting to pay for the services of regional barbers, arguing that highlights, a perm and styling should cost no more than a quick buzz at the barber.

Update: Bastiat's Window on the US shirt tax:
By what rights does the U.S. textile industry demand, and government provide, a "shirt tax" in the form of higher prices and restricted supply? By what right are those jobs to be "protected," by which of course we mean protected from competition and innovation? Why exactly are their wallets more important than mine?

And of course, I'm not the only one who pays the shirt tax. If I pay $26 for a shirt instead of $25, who is deprived of that dollar that is now in the hands of the textiles workers? Maybe the corner grocer, maybe the shoe shine guy, maybe some charity that I can now give less money to. Even a Socialist or Rawlsian who thinks I don't deserve my money can hardly claim that those victims of protectionism don't deserve it either, for no other reason than because textile workers have more political influence.

Government never creates; it only stifles creation (or flat-out destroys). Government never "protects jobs," it only redistributes them (protecting votes, on the other hand, is another matter altogether). The machine of government has no gas pedal, only a steering wheel (and brakes).