Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute gives a thoughtful response to my criticisms of his editorial in the WSJ (with Peter Van Doren). He identifies two substantive arguments in my criticism and offers rebuttals, then he takes issue with my assertion that the editorial is little more than an implicit defense of the old status quo.
I’ll provide a more in depth response after I finish my “homework.” (I admit I hadn’t read Bob Michael’s Cato Policy Analysis on vertical restructuring, but now I guess it is time.)
In the meantime, I’ll give Taylor the last word:
While we do criticize the regimes produced by “restructuring,” we do not defend the old regime. In fact we do not defend any particular substantive market outcome at all. Instead, we defend an idea – that business owners – not politicians – should decide how market enterprises are organized and operated. If there is a more libertarian argument, then I have not heard it.