Why Free Market Capitalism FailsIn this essay, I expose the flaws in the two mechanisms that are supposed to power the free market: Adam Smith's invisible hand and trickle down economics. The notion of the invisible hand holds that in a free marketplace, the buyer's self-interest will tend to drive the price down, while the seller's self-interest will tend to drive the price up, so that both parties' self-interest will naturally cause the price to settle on an amount that both find reasonable. Trickle-down economics maintains that the rich are the ones who start and expand businesses and hire employees, so the laws should favor them increasing their wealth as much as possible so they can hire more people, thus growing the economy.These concepts look good on paper, but the best way to evaluate any idea is to see how it works in practice. Let's start by analyzing nationa
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Essay: Why Creating Jobs is the Wrong GoalWe're all job creators
I recently saw a clip of Peter Schiff interviewing an Occupy Wall Street protester. Schiff asked him how many jobs he creates, and unfortunately, the protester wasn't prepared for this question. (Although it was being filmed by Drew Carey's libertarian group called Reason TV, so if anybody did raise good points against him, we'd never see it anyway.)Contrary to Schiff's shortsighted view of the economy, common people do create jobs. We hire orthodontists, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, exterminators, and many other professionals. Their careers directly depend on enough working class people being able to afford to hire them.Less directly but just as importantly, we hire businesses (and the factories and transportation companies which supply those businesses) whenever we patronize them. If they lose consumer demand (like they would if their
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Shut DownIt was something that had been building.Building for 3 years.Maybe longer.I don't know when exactly it had started, or how it had managed to build without me noticing.But it did all the same.It rushed over me like a wave, or perhaps it hit me like a wall. It had brute force. It came without warning or precedent. I had no time to prepare. No one would have.Slowly I lowered my head to my desk. I felt exhausted. The boy and his girlfriend at my table continued to coo and murmur in each other's ears, not taking heed of me. No one did.I wrapped my hands around my head and tangled them in my hair.I closed my eyes.The sound and look of the world around me became blurred, faded.I felt a dull, aching pain in my heart. A restless feeling. A need to cry. A need to rest. All at once.It overwhelmed me.Later I would discover that this had been an expression of my sadness, my hurt. The insurmountable festering of stress that had been accumulating uninterrupted and undetected. But at that