Consumer choice is pivotal for economic freedom and lifestyle decisions. Regulators on local, national, and supranational levels keep regulating more and more areas of consumers' lives. This leads to less consumer choice and usually higher costs.
Whether protectionism in the airline industry prevents more efficient airlines to sell cheaper tickets to passengers, excessive taxation of consumption serve as letters of indulgence, or branding bans destroy the brand value of companies. Consumers don't benefit but suffer from such regulation.
In some cases paternalistic regulations cause even harm. Examples can be seen in more driving under influence cases in cities after banning ride-sharing services such as Uber or smokers being unable to switch to less harmful ways of consuming nicotine such as vaporizers. Branding bans lead to a higher accidental consumption of counterfeited products that can be of lethal consequence for the consumer.
The CCC empowers consumers to raise their voice in media, the Internet, and on the streets and facilitates activism towards a more empowered consumer. Learning from the successes of its parent organization, Students For Liberty, the CCC will bring the struggle for consumer freedom to the next level.
The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We monitor closely regulatory trends in Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice.
STAFF and FELLOWS
Yaël is a journalist and activist who has reported from across the globe. He was previously Watchdog.org’s Florida Bureau Chief, chief Spanish translator, and national investigative reporter from 2012-2015. Learn more.
Luca graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan in December 2014. He worked as Business Economics Analyst for the Italian magazine TheFielder in Milan and as Think Thank Coordinator. Learn more.
David has a background in grassroots and political campaigning in Ontario, Canada. He serves as the CCC’s North American Affairs Manager and focusses on the CCC’s campaigns in the US and Canada. He developed and ran the very successful plain-packaged Corner Store campaign in 2016. Learn more.
Bill Wirtz is a free-lance journalist from Luxembourg, who writes in four languages. He’s a Contributing Editor for the Freedom Today and a Contributor for the Foundation for Economic Education. His articles have been published in Newsweek, Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The American Conservative, Reaction and CapX.Learn more.
Ryan Khurana studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of Manchester. He has contributed research to the Institute of Economic Affairs and written for CapX. Recently he has co-founded a disruptive technology consultancy, JADA, to tackle social problems through the power of innovation and private enterprise.
Matthew Boyer is a D.C. based communications professional with experience as several think tanks. His work has appeared in The Daily Caller, The Washington Examiner, Morning Consult, FEE.org, Capitalism.com, and more.
Christoph has many years’ experience as a consultant in the chemical, process, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry. During his biology studies, he developed a precise approach to work and went on to gain a doctorate. He wrote his thesis on oncogenic viruses.
Jeff Stier is a former senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.
Stier has testified at FDA scientific meetings, met with members of Congress and their staff about science policy, and has submitted testimony to state government legislative hearings.