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No Street History in Charleston Without a License: New at Reason

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the nation’s oldest major cities, with a history that stretches back more than 100 years before the Revolutionary War. As with any old city, there are lots of stories that can be told about it. Yet as Eric Boehm reports, anyone who wants to talk about Charleston’s history while standing before paying customers on the street must first obtain a license from the city. Getting that license means passing a 200-question written exam—a passing grade is 80 percent or higher—and then passing an oral exam conducted by taxpayer-funded city officials. It’s the latest example of how occupational licensing abuse violates the First Amendment.

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