Walter Olson

Judges Say No To Obama Labor Regulators’ Hot Blueberry Crush

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE What does federal labor law have in common with civil forfeiture law? As I write at Reason: Under a provision of the 1938...

Voters Take Aim at Low Wages, Kill Bookstore

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Don’t believe minimum wage hikes hurt real people? After March 31, a famed sci-fi bookstore on Valencia St. in San Francisco’s...

Sheldon Silver and the Price of Doing Science

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Rumors of ethics problems have long swirled around long-time New York assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, many of them connected with his...

Suing Gun Businesses Over Sandy Hook

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE There’s a new legal attack under way against firearms, as the press reports: Ten families touched by the Newtown massacre filed a...

The Washington Post On Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Fiasco

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Economic sanctions, when they have an effect at all, tend to inflict misery on a targeted region’s civilian populace and often...

Bloomberg: “I Don’t Think There’s Roads” Where Voters Backed Gun Rights

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Michael Bloomberg has now fully completed his transition from un-libertarian but arguably competent New York City mayor to abrasive, polarizing figure-of-fun...

Wal-Mart Swings Back against NYT Columnist

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Don’t you wish more companies would do this when attacked? After New York Times columnist Tim Egan took a swipe at Wal-Mart...

Connecticut’s Sweet Job-Protection Deal for Elected Officials

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE It is a truism that laws tend to be arranged for the benefit of the political class. Still, I was surprised...

“Minnesota ‘Unsession’ Dumps 1,175 Obsolete, Silly Laws”

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Wow, more of this please : It’s no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized container. The...

Are Unpaid Internships A Social Evil? Ask Our Political Leaders

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Next time you notice some politician demanding a higher minimum wage and denouncing private employers for underpaying labor, chances are good...

Fifty Years Ago Yesterday …

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE …the U.S. Supreme Court handed down what was to become one of its most celebrated tort reform decisions. A profitable national manufacturer...