Monday, November 19, 2012

Will Noah Smith Sing My Praises?

Hmm...if conservatives could make me a movie "pamphlet" that made me sympathize with $300k/yr earners who get taxed too much, I'd sing their praises too... - Noah Smith, Why I love Michael Moore
Here are a few passages that I shared in my recent critique of liberalism...with a few new ones thrown in for added value...
In other words, people will start buying something in large numbers if it solves a big problem for them. But most first-world problems—needing an easier way to record your favorite TV programs or keep track of what’s in your fridge—just aren’t that pressing. In developing countries, on the other hand, technology can transform lives. - Christopher Mims, How a $20 tablet from India could blindside PC makers, educate billions and transform computing as we know it
Is it a problem when you don't feel good about your own beliefs? Yes. Are you willing to pay Moore to solve this problem? Yes. Am I?  No.  It should be clear that each and every single one of us determines how much money Moore receives.  That's why markets work...we all have the opportunity to vote with our dollars...
The capitalist society is a democracy in which every penny represents a ballot paper. - Ludwig von Mises
For example...
Wal-Mart can’t charge more; if it does, its customers will go elsewhere. The same is true of Target and Costco. In a sense, Wal-Mart is the elected representative of tens of millions of hard-bargaining shoppers, and, like any representative, it serves only at their pleasure. - James Surowiecki, The Customer is King
also...
You might say, “That’s okay, Williams, if you have enough dollar votes. But what about poor people?” Poor people are far better served in the market arena than the political arena. Check this out. If you visit a poor neighborhood, you will see some nice clothing, some nice cars, some nice food, and maybe even some nice homes—no nice schools. Why not at least some nice schools? The explanation is simple. Clothing, cars, food, and houses are allocated through the market mechanism. Schools are allocated through the political mechanism. - Walter E. Williams, Where Does Your Vote Really Count? 
The market mechanism helps us understand that all our shopping decisions are indirectly responsible for American jobs being shipped overseas.  When American jobs are shipped overseas...we end up with more affordable products and people in developing countries end up with better opportunities...
These improvements have not taken place because well-meaning people in the West have done anything to help--foreign aid, never large, has lately shrunk to virtually nothing. Nor is it the result of the benign policies of national governments, which are as callous and corrupt as ever. It is the indirect and unintended result of the actions of soulless multinationals and rapacious local entrepreneurs, whose only concern was to take advantage of the profit opportunities offered by cheap labor. It is not an edifying spectacle; but no matter how base the motives of those involved, the result has been to move hundreds of millions of people from abject poverty to something still awful but nonetheless significantly better. - Paul Krugman, In Praise of Cheap Labor
It's not an edifying spectacle?  How could good intentions with negative consequences possibly be more edifying than selfish intentions with positive consequences?  
Rising wages in emerging markets and higher shipping costs are also closing the cost gap between developing markets and the United States. - Scott Malone and Ernest Scheyder, Outsourcing Losing Its Allure As China Costs Soar
Here's the basic problem with the large majority of liberals...
The lofty moral tone of the opponents of globalization is possible only because they have chosen not to think their position through. While fat-cat capitalists might benefit from globalization, the biggest beneficiaries are, yes, Third World workers. - Paul Krugman, In Praise of Cheap Labor
They just don't think things through.  Here's how they think...
Economics can establish that a man’s marginal utility of money diminishes as his money-income increases. Therefore, they concluded, the marginal utility of a dollar is less to a rich man than to a poor man. Other things being equal, social utility is maximized by a progressive income tax which takes from the rich and gives to the poor. This was the favorite demonstration of the “old welfare economics,” grounded on Benthamite utilitarian ethics, and brought to fruition by Edgeworth and Pigou. - Rothbard, Toward a Reconstruction of Utility and Welfare Economics
Yet what would they realize if they thought things through?  They'd realize that, compared to people in developing countries...we are filthy rich.  Yet...how many liberals sing the praises of fat-cat capitalists who give the jobs that they created to poor people in developing countries?

Instead, Noah Smith wants to sing the praises of the guy who financially benefits from criticizing capitalism...
I'm a millionaire, I'm a multi-millionaire. I'm filthy rich. You know why I'm a multi-millionaire? 'Cause multi-millions like what I do. That's pretty good, isn't it? - Michael Moore  
People voting with their dollars isn't just pretty good...it's f'ing awesome.  Markets work because we all have the freedom to put our money where our mouths are.  This also explains exactly why the government does not work.

Even though I fundamentally disagree with Michael Moore...I want him to have the freedom to put his taxes where his mouth is.  Why?  Because that's the key to prosperity, abundance and progress.

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