Re: SOC/TECH: Greenstar <--- MUST SEE

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 11:13:03 MDT wrote:
> 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 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

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