After my post about my reservations about outlawing child labor, several comments I received made me realize that most people don’t understand the simple concept that outlawing a situation because it’s bad doesn’t mean that you’re helping someone. That people should always be free to accept their best option seems irrefutable to me. Here are two videos on sweat shops that explain the logic of why people should be free to choose sweatshop employment and why laws and boycotts against sweatshops are misguided.
Of course, in addition to advocating for people to be free to choose among existing options, we should be fighting for more open markets, rule of law, and investment and a general end to cronyism that retards the progress of these people and impedes their options.
The opinions expressed in this essay are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CCS.