Another basic right is our freedom to interact with other people contractually (in the broadest sense of this word), which involves mutual voluntary informed consent. Proper political systems exist to help us to defend such rights; but, although they may justly intervene to assist us with defense against aggression, they overstep their authority anytime they impede peaceful exercises of our contractual rights.
Provo violates contractual rights in various ways, including through occupational licensure laws, which prohibit people from practicing their profession without obtaining city permission—which arguably resembles the same economic “barriers-to-entry” that were once imposed by medieval guilds. We shouldn’t need political permission to practice our respective professions. And, if our competence is questioned by our potential customers, then their concerns are best satisfied through private-sector institutions that include ratings/certification agencies.
- Foundation for Economic Education: “Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering a Lost Constitutional Right” (2012 Jun 27)
- Code Publishing Company: Provo City Consolidated Fee Schedule
- Cato Institute: “Private Regulation: A Real Alternative for Regulatory Reform” (1998 Apr 20)