Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cafe Hayek: Shift Happens

More brilliance from Cafe Hayek. I am happy to point the way to a "read the whole thing" post with just a teaser: Cafe Hayek: Shift Happens:
"Trade is just one manifestation of consumer sovereignty. Just as there are, by Blinder's calculus, winners and losers from consumers shifting their expenditures from goods made in America to goods made abroad, there are winners and losers from consumers shifting their expenditures from goods made in Illinois to goods made in Arizona - and from consumers shifting their expenditures from donuts, beef, cigarettes, whiskey, and train travel to bagels, fish, yoga lessons, wine, and air travel. Trade plays no unique, or uniquely important, role as an avenue of economic change spurred in part by consumer sovereignty. The only practical way to rid the economy of such 'loses' is to try to freeze it, a futile step that will in the long-run only make losers of everyone."
I wish every single person in the world thought like this. Imagine what the world would be like.

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