The market usually works pretty well. Resources are distributed, transactions are made and the wheels of the economy keep turning. There are occasional glitches and problems though an unrestricted free market still retains many proponents. However, there is one area where the market has failed so catastrophically that even the market fundamentalists cannot defend it. This is the markets disastrous treatment of the environment and global warming. Continue reading “The Markets’ Greatest Failure”
Introductions to economics usually start with gushing tales about the magic of the free market. It is usually stated that the free market allows everyone to get the best quality goods at the cheapest prices. The magical invisible hand guides everyone to the best place without any unnecessary government intervention. Below is a link to a video typical of the kind. (I’ll ignore for the moment that it completely misrepresents what Adam Smith said). Its short and simple, but it is a simple argument. This is the typical free market argument with its claim that left alone it will bring the best world for everyone.
As I was standing in the queue to pay a rip off price for a pint to use as mixer for the naggin of whiskey in my coat pocket, I wondered how I could apply my knowledge of economics to the situation. Ireland is well known for its links to alcohol and as a student drinking is almost mandatory for me. So what is the economics of drinking?