First, it will be noted that things that common sense tells us are always good, such as efficient government or nuclear disarmament, or always bad, such as strikes or cartels, may actually be bed sometimes and good other times depending on the circumstances. ... Read more
HAVE YOUR BABIES!
I have been getting emails from Growthbusters, a well-meaning group dedicated to stopping the push for growth at any price.
As part of this, they recommend having fewer babies. The logic is clear. If fewer babies are born world-wide, and if a number of other strong measures are taken by world-wide agreement, then the world human population can gradually fall in a manageable way and good things will follow after a number of generations. ... Read more
The transport policy referred to in the previous post, where everyone is expected to undertake all journeys in their own big car, has become so entrenched in many countries over the last fifty years that it seems impossible to change or modify. ... Read more
In the Great Depression, and in the stagflationary predicament of the 1970’s and 80’s which threatens to recur as a result of the US credit crisis and the run-up in the cost of resources and food, the work could have been available to employ everyone if the money had been available to pay them. ... Read more
A magazine article cited, as one reason for improving safety in the home and reducing deaths and injuries to children, the argument that the deaths and injuries were a cost to the nation because of the loss of “production” of goods and services which those children, had they become healthy adults, would have accomplished in their lifetime. ... Read more
Real wage and material living standard will be treated as different terms for the same variable.
The real wage, however, is not the same as the money wage. The real wage is the access to goods and services given to a worker in exchange for their labour. ... Read more
The inadequate or wrong concepts of current economics lead to a number of misconceptions, some examples of which will be given.
“Soak the Rich”
The “soak the rich” taxation policy sometimes advocated or practiced by the political left is based on a confusion about the nature of wealth. ... Read more
The fierce conflicts between conservationists on one side and workers, industrialists, and some politicians on the other arise from a misconception.
Both parties in fact desire the same goal – economic well-being. But the latter and many of the former believe that environmental conservation and economic progress are conflicting aims, between which a balance or compromise must be found. ... Read more
Good Trends, Not Good Conditions
It is not the intention in this blog to establish a perfect world of perfect conditions. Such a thing has been imagined and described by many in the past, but it must always remain an abstract possibility in the indefinite future. ... Read more