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Trying to clean up a mess with a dirty mop
DECEMBER 05, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Interventions have unintended consequences, which tend to provoke further interventions. Obamacare is a case in point.
Free market economists against “perfect competition”
NOVEMBER 21, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Markets don't function with perfect efficiency, because they're made up of human beings. Conflating perfect competition with free-market economics fuels the general backlash against free markets.
NOVEMBER 08, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Our personal relationships are different from and less complex than impersonal market relationships. Transferring behavior directly from one to the other is a recipe for disaster. Here's why.
OCTOBER 25, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
When it comes to conventional wisdom about the free market, falsehoods abound. We covered some a couple weeks back. Here are seven more.
OCTOBER 11, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Conversations about the free market are beset by falsehoods that have entered conventional wisdom. Here's a sampling of some of the more persistent among them.
Political spectra are often designed to make a “center” appear reasonable.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Thinking of the political spectrum as a circle creates apparent paradoxes. Recognizing that most people differ on methods, not ends, can help resolve them.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
The free market enables people to use their property as they see fit. Contrary to popular caricature, that rarely means pursuing money for its own sake, in every event. In fact, the right not to sell, even in the face of immense pressure, is what makes private acts of charity possible.
Be Mindful of How You Label the People with Whom You Disagree
AUGUST 30, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Ideological bubbles restrict our intellectual development and make constructive dialogue that much harder. Pay attention to how you describe your intellectual opponents; using terms they would never use themselves is a good sign you've slipped into your own bubble.
Creativity versus Scale
AUGUST 16, 2013 by SANDY IKEDA
Efficiency alone isn't enough to meet consumers' desires. Independent booksellers' recent comeback shows how creativity--and competition-- matter.