Dear Europe: if you feel an uncomfortable suspicion that we yanks are laughing behind our hands at you, well… yes, yes we are.
But honestly, how can we help it? Exhibit A, a new EU regulation that will prohibit people from specifying their desired gender when advertising for a roommate. It’s supposed to combat discrimination. What next, a law requiring landlords to accept the first person who applies for a room? After all, even if landlords can’t advertise for a specific sex, they can still discriminate by choosing which applicant to accept. Gotta plug those loopholes!
This would just be an amusing quirk, except that those of us who have followed the Brickbats section of Reason magazine for any length of time know that it’s representative of the constant stream of insane, unenforcable microregulations that have flowed out of the reality-challenged EU buearocracy. There’s a very simple reason we’re kicking your collective ass economically: less regulation. You should bone up on the lessons of one of your greatest gifts to the world, F. A. Hayek. He explained sixty years ago why centralized micromanagement couldn’t work, and his predictions have all been born out by history. Oh well, I guess it’s true what they say: a prophet is never honored in his home land.
(Hat tip: humandays)