Re: Free Markets: Extro-Nazi's or Extro-Saints

Andrea Gallagher (
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 00:02:08 -0700

At 08:51 PM 9/10/97, Holly Pearson wrote:
>Ahhhhhh. Sigh. Alas, to my disappointment, I see that none of you
>have been able to see past your own success. It is obvious from your
>posts that most of you live in the valley where success grows on trees.
>Take a trip to the Midwest and tell me what you see.

Um, do you mean Michigan? Or Minnesota? Do you know there's a labor
shortage in areas of Minnesota? Or Wisconsin, where my in-laws live
happily in their own house on one blue-collar salary?

The poverty I worry about in the US is not your fuzzy, angst-driven
complaints about long hours and insecurity (especially because I could dig
up recent surveys that show these trends as very different this year). I
worry about the people who are completely excluded in participating in our
economy by drug laws, sub-standard education, and welfare traps. Fix those
problems and I bet we could handle your hard cases.

You seem to think that there's a fixed size of an economy, and when all the
current goods are produced by robots there will be nothing for the average
person to do. Nonsense. When everything I buy now is cheap, I'll spend
money on something that hasn't been created yet. The economy *expands*.


p.s. Why does raising kinds mean I can't use a computer?

p.p.s. Did you know that 65% of part-time workers don't want full-time work?

p.p.p.s What does this question of your's mean, any way?