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How Unions Used Licensing to Crush Ethnic Barbershops

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How Unions Used Licensing to Crush Ethnic Barbershops

by Ryan McMaken | | December 21, 2016

How Unions Used Licensing to Crush Ethnic Barbershops

Sovereign Solutions Editor’s Note:

So I share this for the express purpose of helping to blow apart the notion that one fake side to a synthetic and cynical left/right wing paradigm spectrum is, per the ongoing establishment narrative, “GOOD” for people of “minority” victim-hood status.

The divide and conquer useful idiot propaganda matrix machine, which churns out, upon so many different target audiences, a passively aggressive victim zero-sum win/lose “me and my people against x, y, or z” body of malleable people basically supports the massively fraudulent and violent [to private property rights] political and economic RUBE GOLDBERG SYSTEMS.

This particular news piece, which I encourage you to devour in its entirety, is but one that aids in dispersing with dangerous and divisive popular myth that only promotes discord and depression as opposed to concord and contentment. One [generally private property and individual freedom] promotes and produces security, justice, opportunity, and peace while the other [Generally monopoly, compulsory “legal” aggression and private property violence via the state and its agents or protected and favored persons] promotes and produces insecurity, injustice, lack of opportunity, and lack of peace.

Isn’t it time to take on principles devoted to TRUE security and justice production? This world seems HELL-BENT on insecurity and injustice, with, despite the cynical calls for what amounts to forced integration, division, discord, and attendant destruction.

As to the issue of licensing and what generally happens, who benefits [Cui Bono] is the very most important premise to SCRUTINIZE for assessment regarding accuracy to basic observable facts [TRUTH] OR conformance alone [Usually lies or half-truths] to the fast and loose rhetoric of political salesmanship. For a very excellent and humorous commentary on what I strongly suggest is a generally accurate template as to what actually happens with licensing per the monopoly legislative force of legislated law, please see the video below!


For far too long, historians who wrote on inter-racial and inter-ethnic relations focused almost exclusively on the victimization of various groups while ignoring the entrepreneurship and mutual aid that took place within those same ethnic groups.

Fortunately, the situation has been changing in recent decades. In my article The Trouble With Public Accommodation,” for example, I looked at how some relatively recent scholarship has chronicled the economic importance of ethnic enclaves and small business development in increasing entrepreneurship among non-Anglo ethnic groups and among immigrant groups in general. Works of note on this topic include An American Story: Mexican American Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation by Mary Ann Villarreal, and a collection of essays called Landscapes of the Ethnic Economy.

Now, a new book by Douglas Bristol examines how barbershops became an economic fixture for black business owners and black entrepreneurs during the 19th-century, both before and after the Civil War. Bristol’s book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom,  examines  not only how barber shops formed both a social and economic function within the black community, but also how barbers were able to build barbershop-based capital into other ventures such as insurance firms.

As with so many businesses founded by Japanese-American and Mexican-American entrepreneurs, many black-owned barbershops (and the other businesses they spawned) were founded to fill a need in the face of legal and social barriers to economic advancement, such as anti-Japanese and anti-Mexican laws in California and Texas, respectively.

Bristol also notes how barbering assisted established black business shop owners in mentoring and training younger men who would go on to build businesses of their own.

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Together we can map out better solutions and truly navigate clearer paths towards quality services, low prices, and better lives.

Oh! And as always, if you find this post useful, do me and so many others a huge favor. When it comes to this kind of information: share and share alike! Information is meant to be disseminated wide and far.

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