“Single Payer Legal”

by Walter Olson on March 17, 2010

A parody, right? Must be a parody. (& welcome Legal Blog Watch readers).

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1 Walter Olson 03.17.10 at 8:15 am

On a personal note, life is by no means back to normal in my weather-stricken part of the Northeast, but at least things have stabilized enough for me to go back to blogging a little.

2 John David Galt 03.28.10 at 7:07 pm

The notion of socializing the profession of law is not only (at least sometimes) serious, it’s also been around for a while (see, for instance, http://universalpublicdefender.blogspot.com/ .)

As a libertarian who doesn’t like what the lawyers have done to our precious Constitution, I find the idea surprisingly attractive. Perhaps this parallel exchange might illustrate why.

David Hume once wrote to upbraid Adam Smith for not supporting a proposal to disestablish the Church of England. Hume pointed out that, according to Smith’s own economic principles, ending the tax subsidy would mean a wide variety of new and different churches would flourish, thus giving more of the public churches that satisfied people’s various tastes. Smith agreed that this would happen, but asked, “Would more and better religions really be a good thing? I think not.”

I’m not sure that more and better legal services are a good thing either.

3 Melvin H. 03.29.10 at 8:55 am

Just look what happened to the legal profession, once the ban on lawyers advertising–specifically on TV–was abolished.

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