It's pretty rare that I quote entire articles However, E.D. Kain hits the nail on the head:
This is exactly what I’ve been trying to say for some time now. Yglesias notes that the state is often used as a tool for the rich and powerful and entrenched at the expense of the poor and disenfranchised but that it still can be used to achieve good ends. This is what I was driving at with beer deregulation, or limiting the state’s power to coerce, surveil, etc. while still using government to enforce important safety regulations. Here’s Matt:
A colleague mentioned to me the other day that I’m “pretty conservative” on some state and local government issues, with reference to some recent posts on occupational licensing. Someone on twitter asked if I’m trying to score a date with a Cato staffer. I’m not. And I’m not. And I think that whole framing represents a bad way of understanding the whole situation.