Comments: Who's not in the Pigou Club? Pigou!

I was just thinking about this "Pigou poo" business the other day. I was trying to formulate a strategy on the part of we who value free, individual trade in a public market - you know, capitalism - regarding the putative application of "market" approaches to government mandates.

The people who suggest that market forces, nudged by carefully crafted taxes and subsidies, are a fair, effective and efficient method of "making things better" are generally the same ones who insist that services like health care "must not be left to the vagaries of the market." I suggest that we make them choose - either support a healthy commerce market, always and in everything, or abandon it completely.

Posted by johngalt at April 21, 2016 2:55 PM

We face so many threats to our liberty, but the Cass Sunstein / Malcolm Gladwell Nudge school frightens me very much. Start with soda taxes for the fat little children, carbon taxes to save the planet, $100 handgun licenses, and $117 Billion System Risk fees for banks.

Doesn't sound like a free people to me, and there is no way to stop its growth.

Posted by jk at April 21, 2016 3:44 PM
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