The Zvi spreads a meme that I started; Josh Barro, Bari Weiss and others on media; Russ Roberts and Marc Andreessen, who spreads my meme;
An old Slate Star Codex post on cost disease from 2017 features a comment that includes you: https://slatestarcodex.com/2017/02/17/highlights-from-the-comments-on-cost-disease/. It begins, "I think you gave short shrift to libertarian explanations of this phenomena. In particular, the Kling Theory of Public Choice may explain a significant fraction of cost disease: public policy will always choose to subsidize demand and restrict supply . . ."
"Public Choice" is a terrible name, unfortunately. It should be "Government Choice". It's only barely true that the public has a choice - all the decisions taken, chosen, are done by the government. (for the government).
"It emerged in the fifties and received widespread public attention in 1986, when James Buchanan, one of its two leading architects (the other was his colleague Gordon Tullock), was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics."
Gov't choice, gov't schools, gov't buildings, gov't ownership (of nearly 50% of the West). And virtually all of the Government Choice theory applies to dictatorships and quasi dictatorships and oligarchies - since they all develop gov't bureaucracies.
Like you say, because of special interests, who care more (especially Dems), the gov't usually subsidizes demand, and restricts supply.
It is stunning to watch the Biden administration cause immense problems and then beg for credit when it scrambles to patch the problem it caused.
I'm going to speak boldly here because the facts point to this conclusion: Progressivism / Socialism / Communism are inherently linked to the pathological belief that humans are a stain on the earth and the fewer, the better. The far-left loathes the idea of general prosperity. They hate the idea that people can enjoy an abundant life, independent of what government offers or allows.
Name a progressive idea that promotes human life and liberty. Everything they do is about constraining choice and pitting groups of people against each other. Progressive policies create misery and rather than fix the policy and admit error, the Progressives blame the Boogeyman and triple down on failure.
Election day cannot come soon enough. If we can make it that far...
What does that Josh Barro quote have to do with your meme? I checked out your link containing a transcript and searched for "supply", "demand", "restrict" & "subsidize" and didn't find anything.
Restrict Supply Subsidize Demand works very well with health care, higher education, and houses, no reason it can't work with baby formula.
This is such a great concept. Illuminated a lot of policy decisions for me. I’ll do some R&D on it: Rip off and Duplicate. thanks
"replacement level progressive takes"
I just have to say I love this phrase.
Isn't the entire problem with progressivism that it is replacement level.
With regard to email micropayments to kill spam, you could even set up the system in such a way that recipients keep the cash. So you'd effectively attach 0.001 cent to email you send out and recipients would keep the cash, and use it when they in turn send emails. For the vast majority of people, this would balance out, give or take a couple bucks a year.
Of course, you would see advertisers for the most valuable products willing to attach large sums (maybe $0.01!!!) to mails to their most valuable customers. Spammers though would be screwed.
Yes, Arnold, you didn't start Public Choice but you should take credit for a great meme. Many government interventions in markets for goods and services amount to restrict supply and subsidize demand (others amount to either restrict supply or subsidize demand). Unfortunately too many economists still ignore Public Choice and your meme because they want to serve their present or future political bosses.
Cost disease socialism. Oh dear.