Walter Olson on the Madness of Truancy Laws

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Adam Jones PhD

We've seen it happen again and again: libertarians are derided over some supposedly crazy or esoteric position, years pass, and eventually others start to see why our position made sense. It's happened with asset forfeiture, with occupational licensure, with the Drug War, and soon, perhaps, writes Walter Olson, with libertarians' once-lonely critique of school truancy laws. Driven by "concerned" politicians, these laws are now subjecting parents and children to harsh fines and jail.

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