> We are accustomed to paradoxical results these days. You can find
> thousands of web pages explaining why simultaneity varies between moving
> observers, or how something can be a particle and a wave at the same time.
> But where can you find an explanation of why giving people clean water
> and good health care for the first time won't improve their health?
> It flies in the face of intuition just as much as those physics phenomena,
> and is really far more relevant to our daily lives.
> Maybe the economic profession could improve their communication to the lay
> community by writing more about these paradoxical results. (Or perhaps
> this has been done, in which case I'd like to know where to look...)
David Friedman hammers away at the paradoxes of economics rather
thoroughly- see http://www.best.com/%7Eddfr/ for a bunch of his work.
He shows how direct interventions so often have results contrary to the
ones desired by the "liberal airheads". <grin>
-- Doug Jones Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace http://www.xcor-aerospace.com
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