Damon Root on the Supreme Court's Failure to Protect Economic Liberty


On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a powerful legal challenge filed against Florida's notorious law requiring that all interior designers carry an occupational license from the state. Not only do 47 other states currently permit unlicensed interior design without any accompanying risk to innocent civilians, Florida's own attorney general's office even admitted that "neither the defendants nor the state of Florida have any evidence that the unregulated practice of interior design presents any bona fide public welfare concerns." So why didn't the Supreme Court take this opportunity to strike down a blatantly arbitrary and unnecessary law? Senior Editor Damon Root explains how the Court's past mistakes now prevent it from protecting economic liberty.