A Hippie Discovers Economics: See What Happens Next
. . . they are all harebrained fools.
The article is worth your time. But I will cut to the chase, the epiphany was "If we all grow a large crop of ≈ different food . . . we could all trade with each other and eat for practically free! Food is free. Grow food not lawns."
Anyone with a iota of economic sense should be able to tell you that this is simply the division of labor writ tiny. It is as if this hippy does not understand that I harvest legal issues, reap a reward through the medium of exchange known as the dollar, and trade with the folks at the grocery store for carrots, asian pears, apples, yukon gold potatoes, rice wine, sake, soy sauce, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and short ribs, so I can make tonights dinner. recipe to follow in the next post, or use the search function and search for Kalbijjim, a Korean special occasion dish.
Do these people really not understand what the economy is or how it works? Or that growing crops is not free, nor is it without work? If you don't believe me grow 200 acres of carrots. I wait right here. I will not participate, nor will I help. I my crop is legal issues, and Maddogswif's is pharmacy/medical insurance issues. We are dead bang productive dealing with our crop. If you wish to produce another crop, like carrots, great, I am willing to trade with you, but not if I have to drive out to your farm. Just sell your produce to the market, and when i shop, I will tip my hat to you and all the other producers.
Welcome to the free market, hippy. Stop for a minute, look around, it's not that scary. Oh, and trading directly is time consuming and wasteful, much better to use a medium of exchange, you know, like the dollar. Try it some time, you might just like it.
Is economics really as difficult as these people make it?