At Reason.com I learned about an Arizona law which has no real purpose other than to stifle competition. All a horse masseuse does is give a horse a rub down. He may use a liniment or lotion of some sort, but nothing toxic in any real sense.
But a horse masseuse does compete with veterinarians, meaning that the veterinarians won’t be getting paid for giving horses a massage. As if veterinarians don’t already have too much to do.
Though the law was probably intended to make a horse owner consult with a vet about his animal, with the vet then giving the owner a referral to a horse masseuse. Which again takes up the veterinarian’s valuable time when he very likely has animals to deal with who actually do need his care.
The Arizona law is just one of many across the country which have no real purpose but to stifle competition. There are laws against hair braiding unless done by a cosmetologist, a practice which uses no tool other than the braider’s fingers. This is just one example.
A law should really have a valid purpose, and that is to provide legal protection against those who would harm an individual or society as a whole. What harm is done to the public or a member of the public from getting his hair braided, or his horse massaged, by someone not of the appropriate fraternity? Sounds to me like some party is jealous and feels a deep need to control our behavior. Something that goes a long way to explaining our drug laws.
What laws that seek to control us do is to demonstate a deplorable and destructive bigotry against what the controllers see as people who are inferior to them, and as inferiors deserve what amounts to an oppressive control. It is this sort of prejudice which led to Trump’s election in 2016 to the Presidency. For when you oppress, and the oppressed see an opportunity to rebel against that oppression, they will rebel.
You can oppress a dog, you can’t oppress a cat. You can oppress a human, but not for very long as long as he sees an opportunity to end the oppression. We’re just too independent.