GOVERNMENT ASSAULTING THE RAISIN INDUSTRY?

Cato Institute Research Fellow Trevor Burrus on the Raisin Administrative Committee and the government’s control of the raisin industry.
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 05/18/2015

Discussion Questions

1. Why does government get involved in advertising industries such as cotton and raisins? Should they be involved? Why or why not?

2. Should it be legal for government to take a portion of a farmer's crops? What reason does the government have for doing this? Are they justified? Defend your answer.

3. What is "civil disobedience"? Trevor Burrus says farmer Marvin Horne is a "hero." What do you think? Are there times when civil disobedience is a good thing? When is it bad?

4. What would be an alternative way to run a successful raisin industry? Can you think of a better way than what's being done now? What do Trevor Burrus and John Stossel suggest?

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