Free the monks
When my mother died in November 1983, we went to Zululand Hardware in Melmoth and asked for a coffin. They took us into the yard at the back of the shop, and there was a plain and simple pine one on a shelf under a corrugated iron roof. It was a bit mouldy from exposure to the wind and the rain, but quite serviceable. It cost R40.00. With inflation being what it is, I’d expect it to cost about R400.00 at today’s prices. It had no handles, so we went into the shop and bought six handles which cost about R5.00.
We took the coffin to a friend’s house. He was a keen woodworker and had a workshop, so he put the handles on for us, and sanded the coffin to remove the mould. While he was working on one side our son, then aged 2, found a carpenter’s pencil and scribbled on the newly-sanded coffin. Our friend said he could remove it, and we said no, leave it, his granny would like that.
But if a family member died in town, would we be able to do that? Would it take an 800 km round trip to Zululand to buy a coffin? Where do you buy a coffin in town?
It seems that some monks, aware of the problem, came up with a solution, and found themselves caught up with price-fixing business cartels in cahoots with politicians.
Free the monks, free entrepreneurs nationwide | The Daily Caller :
In Louisiana, monks are under attack.
Quite literally. In an outrageous example of economic protectionism at its worst, a group of monks is facing crippling fines and even jail for the “sin” of selling simple monastic caskets.
Thankfully, they’re fighting back.
Ask yourself this question: Can the government restrict economic liberty just to enrich a group of politically favored insiders? Remarkably, our courts have left it unclear. The monks seek to answer this question – with a major federal lawsuit.
Specifically, the Institute for Justice and its client, Saint Joseph Abbey, have filed suit today to challenge the constitutionality of Louisiana’s outrageous requirement that the monks of the Abbey become licensed funeral directors and convert their monastery into a licensed funeral home in order to sell simple handmade wooden caskets.
Hat-tip to Daniel Lieuwen.