It is illegal in Maine for retailers to sell 6 gallons of milk and give away a 7th for free. The hubris behind the whole program (similar ones operate in many states) is astonishing. The grocery store had to go to the milk czar to ask for permission to offer an in-store promotion. Under what definition of private property rights are we operating anymore? If the thugs in the Maine Milk Commissar’s office and the dairy farmers had an issue with the stores doing this, could they simply have decided to not sell their milk to the supermarkets? Pre-semester bonus points for any student: show what this milk program does to overall economic welfare, and show who gains, who loses and by how much. Extra, extra credit: explain why obviously destructive and unfair programs continue to exist and are unlikely to go away?