More On: federalism
Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, pundits on the Left have demanded even more centralization of government. But federalism is the best way forward.
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a historic one that protects the most important principle of a republic. Freedom of association creates a republic in the same way that people come together to form a family, families come together to form a community, and communities come together to form a society. In an ideal law-based government, the people who make the laws and the people who follow them are the same. Only then can people voluntarily follow the laws and the interests of those who follow the laws be protected.
What should be done if two families can't agree on something that hurts both of them a lot? The answer is written into the way the U.S. government works: both can go their own ways!
So, the idea of a constitutional right that applies to all states without the approval of a large majority of Americans, who don't agree with it and think it's a matter of ethics, is unfair. Still, the example that has been set doesn't make abortions illegal! It sends the question back to the states, which can decide which positions to hold based on their constituents based on whether they have a majority of Democrats or Republicans.
Also, in a legislative democracy, where power is shared between the states and the center, the Supreme Court's job is to settle disputes and protect the Constitution. It doesn't give the court the power to make laws and give rights that aren't in the Constitution.
If readers agree with what has been said so far, it makes sense that if a state like California wants to make a law that legalizes abortions well into the last trimester of pregnancy, we should not only be tolerant, but also accept their way of life, because it is based on the same principles of freedom that many of us hold dear. Persuasion is always possible in a society that is open to new ideas and ready to have healthy conversations.
Why immigration policies shouldn't be run from one place
For a market economy to work well, people, money, and goods must be able to move freely between all parts of the world. Because of this, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of free movement of capital and goods, but not much about how free movement of labor is good for the markets. Even though people are becoming more worried about unequal outcomes, they don't seem to understand that the market is fair because it gives each producer and worker the same chance to join the market, gather resources, and provide services.
When there aren't enough workers on the market, the market wage of workers becomes an important factor that controls prices and, in turn, how much money producers can make. When different producers bid for the same resource, the market wage goes up. These producers compete with each other because the higher cost of labor is less than the extra money they expect to make by using its services.
So, in order to make the profits they expect, producers tend to pass on price increases to consumers in a way that depends on how elastic the market is. If consumers aren't as affected by price changes, as they are when they don't have good alternatives, then an increase in price doesn't decrease demand. Instead, it brings in more money for the producers and makes up for the extra labor costs. Prices are going up because of the tight labor markets and the fact that the money supply has grown.
With free movement of labor, people from one part of the world who want to provide the same services for less or at the market rate could connect with the producers. The producers could then lower the price of their goods (because their production costs would be lower) to bring in more marginal consumers. This would also mean that those producers would make more money because their costs would go down and their sales would go up, while consumers would save money because prices would go down.
If you can hear it, the argument for economic efficiency makes a lot of sense. However, it shouldn't become an imperialistic command that forces everyone in a region to act and live in a certain way, because liberty is based on persuasion, not force.
So, control over the movement of workers should also go back to the states, so that each can make its own rules about immigration. The governments of each state could make rules that make it hard to get into their territory by air, water, or land.
This would also solve the problem of illegal immigration, if the states think it is a threat to their citizens. In this situation, Texas could make different rules for people coming in through the border and through airports, depending on how people in the area see the situation.