The words ophthalmologist and optometrist are in my diction, but the accessibility of the term eye doctor seems more apropos for a title that I pray you share. The libertarian tradition is that grand tale of power versus the market. We are the market, and this battle takes the largest toll on the least (financially speaking) of our brethren and sistren, the poor. When it comes to eyesight improvement, we are talking about a major function of everyday life.

Licenses for eye doctors hurt the poor.

Yesterday I went to my eye doctor’s office. I spent five minute waiting for them to re-open their shop after a lunch break. Then I spent ten minutes with an eye nurse being examined, and having her answer my onslaught of questions regarding the field. The amount of my questions tend to embitter people close to me, but thanks to His goodwill she was at least not outwardly bothered. And I’m no schmuck when it comes to reading people. She told me the eye doctor would arrive shortly, and I knew shortly was being loosely interpreted. I was right. I waited forty minutes for the eye doctor to arrive. Once he did, his session with me lasted no more than six minutes.

When communicating liberty to our neighbors it is critical that we follow the lead of CopBlock, Cody Wilson and Amir Taaki. CopBlock deals with police power. Wilson deals with guns. Taaki deals with currency. They strive to be the best they are at what they do. I have progressives retweeting and sharing CopBlock posts on my social media timelines, and I’m sure they would be appalled if they knew how anarchistic CopBlock is. That doesn’t matter. CopBlock exposes the State for the menace that it is in one highly focused area of study. We should take this cue, and tear apart every argument for State power in one field. With all of us specializing in different areas, the State has no hope.

Licenses for eye doctors hurt the poor.

There is nothing the eye doctor could do for me that I would want him to do for me that the eye nurses could not do. Licenses for eye doctors are a protection racket. Whilst I was in that tiny room waiting for forty minutes I got the esteemed privilege to stare at his myriad degrees and State qualifications. Disgusting. That he achieves stirs no qualms with me. But, why is his ilk afraid of competition? If we abolished all State qualifications for becoming an eye doctor what would happen? The majority of eye related health services would be run by firms and cooperatives of eye nurses. These nurses’ salaries would rise, and the doctors’ salaries would shrink. The consumers who lack this care the most, the poor, would get more affordable frames, lenses, contacts and eye healthcare.

What are their concerns? The same ideology that mired the US military in Bush Jr.’s Iraq War, and spawned the fascist caliphate known as ISIS, is at work here. The ideology is called the pre-emptive strike (think Minority Report & Psycho-Pass for you pop culture aficionados). The bureaucrats believe that eye health producers could harm us if they were not jumping through the sacrosanct hoops of the State. On the off chance that eye health producers harm consumers, the State says they have to filer them at expense of the poor. The opposite of the pre-emptive strike ideology is the ideology that says render adjudicatory awards against people who commit offenses, not everyone who has the potential to offend. Alas, for now, we live in the world of the pre-emptive strikers.

Talk to your neighbors (everyone) about eye healthcare. Tell them that costs would be lower, nurses would get paid more, and there would be more jobs from lower-skilled workers. Look at the ethnic make-up of eye nurses in your community versus that of the eye doctors. Reducing State power in this field would reduce that disparity, even if it did not make it non-existent. Just start a conversation about this subject with the words
licenses for eye doctors hurt the poor.

Post Scriptum:
I just bought spectacles from Warby Parker. They pay me in no way, shape or form but I like appreciating entrepreneurs that stand with the community. Their glasses are hip, affordable ($95-$125), try to be responsible to the environment and help poor people in the 3rd world have access to spectacles.

Peep their video promoting their 1 millionth sale back in June.