I found the above video via Instapundit, and I was immediately reminded of this quote from Atlas Shrugged:
“Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull rather than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed."
No, I'm not suggesting that barber licensing laws are harbingers of the end of the world, but when one in three Americans must obtain a license from the government in order to work, we clearly have a problem.