Over the past week or two, a few random threats to freedom have caught my eye. Nothing as alarming as purges or labor camps, but still threats to freedom. Freedom can be undermined by threats both big and small. Smaller threats are often less clear and obvious, but they’re still threats. The UK’s NHS Our … Continue reading Lose weight or you’re denied surgery?
Historically, the US has been known as a beacon of freedom. Unfortunately, that reputation has become tarnished over the past ten to fifteen years. I’m referring to economic freedom, not political freedom. Economic freedom means that each person is free to work, produce, consume, and invest as they wish. This involves personal choice, voluntary buying … Continue reading US not the beacon of freedom you think
This American retailer has a distinct business model. It aims to sell high volumes of merchandise at low prices. In pursuit of low prices, it bargains hard with its suppliers and grows impressive economies of scale. Its business model draws flocks of customers to its stores. It becomes the largest retailer in the entire world, … Continue reading Creative destruction
US healthcare is generally recognized for its significant innovation and quality medical care. However, it is even more widely recognized for having certain problems. Two main problems are usually cited. Problem #1 is that 10-15% of the population is uninsured at any point in time. Problem #2 is that medical care and health insurance are … Continue reading Origin of healthcare problems
I have mentioned a couple times that economic growth is very important. But it’s easy to hear a message like that and think, “yeah, yeah, growth is important, got it,” without it truly registering. This is a crucial concept for achieving prosperity, so let me try to make it more tangible. Without the solid growth … Continue reading Illustrating the power of growth
OK, stop laughing. I just want to clarify that although I am a know-it-all smarty-pants when I praise free-market capitalism or criticize Big Government, that only applies to overarching principles. I do not claim to know the specific paths that others should follow in their economic lives. I don’t know which jobs and careers people … Continue reading I know nothing
Many people dislike the high prices that typically occur during crises like the recent hurricane in Texas. Some cities and states even make “price gouging” illegal. Unfortunately, discussion of this topic tends to be long on moral indignation and short on economic understanding. Anti-price-gouging laws are generally popular, even with people who normally believe in … Continue reading Why price-gouging is OK
Pope Francis has made several comments that are at least somewhat anti-capitalist. This is not totally surprising, since he hails from one of the most anti-capitalist countries on the planet, Argentina. He is not alone. Others have also questioned whether capitalism is compatible with Christianity. This then becomes a reason to criticize capitalism. Is capitalism … Continue reading Is capitalism compatible with Christianity?
One reason that people support larger government is because they assume government rules and programs will accomplish their stated goals. However, this rosy view is often not supported by reality. Let’s look at an interesting example that was in the news recently. The background A May 19th Wall Street Journal article points out that certain ritzy … Continue reading Crazy example of banks twisting the rules
Some people believe that corporations in a capitalist economy wield tremendous power. Hollywood movie plots reinforce this view by depicting corporations as powerful and shadowy entities. Is this accurate? Not really. In the real world, (a) corporations wield far less power than imagined, (b) consumers and employees hold more power than they think, and (c) … Continue reading With capitalism, who holds power?