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Recycling: Wasting Resources While Claiming to Conserve Them

Bureaucracy and RegulationValue and Exchange

Blog08/02/2019

Recycling isn't free. It requires the use of time and resources, many of which end up wasted. But politicians keep insisting that recycling is always a win-win, even though we have many examples to the contrary.

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Altruism vs. Materialism in Market Exchange

Philosophy and MethodologyValue and Exchange

Blog07/26/2019

Other psychic factors being equal, it is to everyone's self-interest to maximize his monetary income on the market. But this maximum income can then be used for either “selfish” or for “altruistic” ends.

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Consumerism? Why People Spend on "Useless" Status Symbols

Value and Exchange

Blog07/23/2019

People buy things that reflect their value systems — values learned in homes and other non-market institutions. Meanwhile, markets don't force anyone to buy anything.

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Social Pressure vs. Consumer Preferences

SubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog07/08/2019

Anti-capitalists love to claim that consumers don't really have free choice — that advertisers and peers really dictate to others what they should buy. In truth, consumers choose freely, but use others to filter information and simplify the process.

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Why It's Important to Understand "Economic Costs"

Austrian Economics OverviewSubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog06/20/2019

The concept of economic cost seems to confuse people. It is not the price you pay for a good, but the reason you pay it.

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Can Cooperation Replace Competition?

Monopoly and CompetitionValue and Exchange

Blog06/03/2019

Competition and cooperation and not two things in conflict. They are both essential ingredients in a society based on voluntary action instead of violence.

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Billionaires Aren't Quite As Rich as We Think They Are

PovertyValue and Exchange

Blog04/30/2019

If the Wal-Mart CEO were to take a $1 salary and the company were to spread that over each of the company's workers, each worker would receive a one-time bonus of $10.

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How Human Action and Human Values Determine Prices

SubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog04/20/2019

Prices are set by how much people value goods and services. And people value things based on what they think will improve their life and well-being. 

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Krugman Needs a Lesson on Why Truckers Are Paid Less Now than in the 1970s

Labor and WagesValue and Exchange

Blog04/18/2019

Truckers are paid less now than in the 1970s because government regulators once tightly controlled competition, thus driving up the cost of living for everyone else.

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Capitalist "Expropriation": Resentment versus Reality

Political TheoryValue and Exchange

Blog03/27/2019

Being resentful about a business transaction after the fact isn't the same thing as being exploited or abused.

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