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Grocery Stores as Public Schools

Sometimes a simple analogy is the easiest way to convey an economic truth. Although the original article is hidden behind the WSJ paywall, the excerpt fleshes out the idea well: What if groceries were government-allocated in the manner of public education? Scroll down on the link to If Supermarkets Were Like Public Schools. This little illustration might come in handy next time you debate a strong supporter of public education. Cheers!

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  1. Thanks Mark. There’s also a link to an excellent article on the problems caused by rent control and tenant rights that are too heavily weighted against landlords. The result is that 31,000 housing units are left vacant in San Francisco, even though it’s apparently very difficult to find a property to rent.

    • Hi Brian. This is one that Dr. Sowell has been exposing for a long time; I think its one of his favorite myths to bust.
      I’d never really thought about Boudreaux’s supermarket analogy before, and felt it was a great example of illustrating foolishness; another tool for my tool-belt!

      • Oh, I’m very circumspect and cagey 🙂 I choose both my words and my spots very carefully. She’s gotten to the point where she said she needs to do a lot of thinking. She’s smart, my daughter, very smart.

        • RH, I have one of those, too…smart daughter. She’ll be graduating from nursing this summer, and for right now her focus beyond the basics is likely to cardiac care with a preventive emphasis, including cardiac exercise and food consumption.

          Her response to M. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign? That you can’t just dictate to people what they eat and as soon as you try to do so, they get stubborn about it. LOL!!! She’s right, too.

  1. Thanks Mark. There’s also a link to an excellent article on the problems caused by rent control and tenant rights that are too heavily weighted against landlords. The result is that 31,000 housing units are left vacant in San Francisco, even though it’s apparently very difficult to find a property to rent.

    • Hi Brian. This is one that Dr. Sowell has been exposing for a long time; I think its one of his favorite myths to bust.
      I’d never really thought about Boudreaux’s supermarket analogy before, and felt it was a great example of illustrating foolishness; another tool for my tool-belt!

      • Oh, I’m very circumspect and cagey 🙂 I choose both my words and my spots very carefully. She’s gotten to the point where she said she needs to do a lot of thinking. She’s smart, my daughter, very smart.

        • RH, I have one of those, too…smart daughter. She’ll be graduating from nursing this summer, and for right now her focus beyond the basics is likely to cardiac care with a preventive emphasis, including cardiac exercise and food consumption.

          Her response to M. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign? That you can’t just dictate to people what they eat and as soon as you try to do so, they get stubborn about it. LOL!!! She’s right, too.

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