Friday, July 18, 2003

Economics: FTC Drinks Up

Lest I'm accused of never saying anything nice about the Federal Trade Commission, Virginia Postrel has a fine New York Times column discussing the Commission's efforts to bust state laws that impair online sales of wine across state lines. The FTC's policy staff has been quite active on the issue of state barriers to online commerce, and much of the FTC's work in this regard should prove valuable towards promoting free-market policies.

Unfortunately, the policy staff's work stands in sharp contrast to the work of the FTC's legal staff—the 120-plus lawyers at the Bureau of Competition—that work daily to ensure a free market will never exist in this country. Maybe Postrel could use her platform as a Times' columnist to spread the word of the FTC's not-so warm-and-fuzzy efforts.

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