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FILE -- Inside the Strand Bookstore in New York, Nov. 30, 2016. The beloved independent shop with 18 miles of books says that landmark status for its building could be a death blow. (Tony Cenicola/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

“I’m Not Asking for Money or a Tax Rebate. Just Leave Me Alone.”

“I’m Not Asking for Money or a Tax Rebate. Just Leave Me Alone.”

In my Sunday print column I wrote that “aggressive, interventionist government policies seems like hubris to me when the side effects can be so unpredictable.” The example I used was school enrollment dates causing a spike in diagnoses of A.D.H.D. for children with August birthdays, but other lessons on the hubris of big government are

Barnesville’s municipal liquor store, Fire Hall Liquors, lost $8,582 in 2016, 2.1 percent of total sales. The city will hold a public hearing about the store on Dec. 11. David Samson / The Forum

Leave It to the Government to Lose Money Selling Booze

The booze industry is pretty resilient. At one point our nation literally had a constitutional amendment outlawing the sale of alcohol, but because demand for alcohol is relatively inelastic the result was a booming black market for criminal enterprises. In that context, consider that somehow government-run liquor stores in Minnesota have been losing money. John