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  • Re: Buying Local

    This kind of gets into the impossibility of producing anything efficiently without large scale specialization. I'm also reminded of the experiment to make a suit out of only local materials, the result was that the cost went up 100-fold. And that's the fact of the matter; local production is horrifically inefficient, and therefore bad for the
    Posted to Current Events (Forum) by EmperorNero on Thu, May 31 2012
  • Re: Jevon's Paradox?

    [quote user="Jackson LaRose"]That's a bit vague. OK, how about compared to 5000 B.C.?[/quote] People were dying like cattle back then from microorganisms in the water and vermin in the food storages and whatnot. Cities were swamps of waste and feces. Besides, we're stuck with the industrial age, so how does the comparison matter?
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by EmperorNero on Wed, May 30 2012
  • Re: Jevon's Paradox?

    [quote user="Jackson LaRose"][quoteuser="EmperorNero"]The air is getting cleaner, in market economies. Rivers are cleaner, in market economies. Forests are growing, in market economies.[/quote] LOL, compared to what?[/quote] Compared to previous decades. You actually didn't know this? In our parents youths most large harbors
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by EmperorNero on Wed, May 30 2012
  • Re: Adequately-funded welfare programs reduce poverty (in the short-term)

    [quote user="John James"][quote user="EmperorNero"]Actually I completely agree with what Michael Moore said there around 1:30.[/quote] I thought it was clear I was talking about what he said directly before that. " America is not broke. Not by a longshot. It is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by EmperorNero on Mon, May 28 2012
  • Re: The real source of danger we face: Merchants of Despair

    [quote user="Greg"]Not a perfect analogy but environmentalism in many ways seems like a religion to me. Original sin = Human carbon footprint Hell = Global warming Savior = government Beleive you bunch of sinners ahahah![/quote] Yup, environmentalism is actually a rather exact mapping of judeo-christian religion. It goes like this: In the
    Posted to General (Forum) by EmperorNero on Mon, May 28 2012
  • Re: Adequately-funded welfare programs reduce poverty (in the short-term)

    Actually I completely agree with what Michael Moore said there around 1:30. Thats practically an Austrian conclusion, he is just wrong about the why. The conservative host concedes the money equals wealth fallacy, which is why I never liked that argument.
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by EmperorNero on Sat, May 26 2012
  • Re: Are taxes theft (and so what if they are)

    [quote user="Andris Birkmanis"][quote user="EmperorNero"][quote user="Andris Birkmanis"][quote user="EmperorNero"]So there aren't more goods available for the "poor" if we get more money from the rich. All this does is inflating the price of goods which they would have had anyways.[/quote] Care to
    Posted to General (Forum) by EmperorNero on Fri, May 25 2012
  • Re: Adequately-funded welfare programs reduce poverty (in the short-term)

    Everyone still seems to assume that scarce objects appear out of thin air if we collectively decide that they should. Which is silly. Poverty is lack of stuff, not lack of money. Scarce objects do not become any less scarce because the government distributes them for "free". People within the borders of Sweden can afford the same amount of
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by EmperorNero on Fri, May 25 2012
  • Re: Jevon's Paradox?

    [quote]if we have trashed the planet[/quote] We aren't thrashing the planet. The air is getting cleaner, in market economies. Rivers are cleaner, in market economies. Forests are growing, in market economies. Environmental degradation is always a socialist problem. Environmental socialists have it backwards; capitalism protects the environment,
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by EmperorNero on Thu, May 24 2012
  • Re: Jevon's Paradox?

    [quote user="Jackson LaRose"]How can you reconcile an infinite growth model with a finite planet (solar system, galaxy, whatever)?[/quote] Because that whole "the earth is finite" thing is a fallacy. We can add substances to the group of "resources", therefore the set of resources in not finite. For example, oil wasn't
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by EmperorNero on Wed, May 23 2012
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