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In the headline here, I am not saying that people do not cause droughts, because some droughts somewhere might be caused by man-made climate change.  That could be.   The point here is simply that droughts do not cause the shortages.  We will get to this point later. For now, let us understand that since there […]

In a previous post, I suggested that what we call sweatshops are factories where workers are not treated well, but that these sweatshops offer workers a better life than they had, otherwise the workers would not agree to work there.  The pay in these factories, while quite low compared to U.S. and advanced economies’ pay […]

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 – 1956). I recently received the following comment from one of my better students in my Econ 211 class on my post last month, “Water Shortages.”  He writes about […]

In my blog posts here, I usually provide links to news articles concerning the topic at hand.  Not this time.  Instead, I will just suggest that reader search news.google.com for water shortages.  What should be noted is that there is no shortage of news articles on water shortages.  Articles on climate change and business location […]

Recently, the Baton Rouge Advocate ran this story about the Mississippi River by Bob Marshall, a story that was originally published in The Lens.  The issue is that all along the Mississippi, people in different states want to use the water from the Mississippi for many various projects.  In some states, water is diverted from […]

In trying to tackle the youth obesity problem in the country, Michelle Obama championed a change in the school lunch program, a program that places new restrictions on the calories from school lunches as well as mandates nutrition guidelines for school lunch programs.  The new calorie guidelines are based on the average student at various […]

Bastiat, in one of his best-known essays points to the lack of logic of those who suggest that we can become better off through destruction, a fallacy that has come to be called the “broken window fallacy.”.  In 2006, in this inaugural post on Bastiat’s Bastions, Norbert Michel and I suggested that the notion that […]

Yesterday, Professor Elinor Ostrom passed away as is reported in this article in the Washington Post.  In 2009, she was awarded the Nobel prize in economics for her work on how people are able to manage the “tragedy of the commons,” the overuse of resources that are not protected by private property rights, without government […]

Last year, I posted “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” borrowing the famous line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  What I wrote about there was how residents of the southwestern Louisiana town of Sulphur had little incentive to economize on their use of water because they paid a flat fee for […]

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