Price controls – both price ceilings and price floors – reduce the quantities of price-controlled goods and services that consumers actually get.
Don Boudreaux explains why Price Controls destroy productivity. What is true of artificially low prices (price ceilings) and artificially high costs (minimum wages) are so bad for everyone – not just business.
Capitalists act as a disciplined group preying upon workers and consumers only if they succeed in persuading the state to orchestrate and oversee such predations. Tariffs, occupational licensing, and other state interventions – typically cheered naively by “Progressives” as “victories” for the People – are all too often the means used by producer groups to steal what does not belong to them.
Note: I use the term “capitalism” loosely, since by definition, once business owners begin seeking this type of privilege, they are no longer acting as capitalists, but as cronies.
nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.
Exodus 23:3 ESV
Nobody likes being told there is no such thing as a free lunch. But it is incredibly important. Unless someone reminds the public that free lunches are illusory, they may never figure out how to get a meal in the first place.
Alex Salter, Economist-Man and His Never-Ending Battle
An outstanding explanation of “rent seeking,” and how it destroys wealth and opportunity.
Considering what is indeed the historically unprecedented great enrichment that market economies have created for the masses, to complain about today’s differences in monetary incomes or wealth is akin to complaining about the color of a rescue ship that has just saved the lives of hundreds of people who were on the verge of drowning at sea.
– Don Boudreaux
Bogged at Cafe Hayek
“Our obsession with cutting carbon emissions has had terrible consequences.”
Alice Thomson, We’re All Victims Of The Great Green Swindle
Earth Hour is largely celebrated in rich, urban areas. Around the world, there are around 1.3 billion people living in the developing world who will not get a choice whether to participate or not. That’s because they will be living without reliable electricity on Saturday night, just like they do every other night.
Ludwig von Mises, “Planned Chaos”
“Progressives’” first and overriding instinct whenever they encounter some economic or social situation that they disapprove of is to forcibly push, pull, demand, and prohibit individuals who are going peacefully about their own business to behave in ways that “Progressives” have divined is best.
“Sanders’s emotional argument hinges on what happens to people who cannot afford health insurance. But his answer is one that can only yield worse outcomes for people who cannot afford health insurance.”
Jonathan Newman #Healthcare
Healthcare Is Not Immune to the Laws of Economics | Mises Wire
Verily, it is marvellous that people should persist in maintaining that all which an individual steals from the masses is a general gain. Perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, the quadrature of the circle, are antiquated problems; but the theory of progress by plunder is still held in honour. A priori, we should have thought that, of all imaginable puerilities, it was the least likely to survive.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms