Cliche Time!March 1, 2020 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch11 CommentsWithout business the world would be a poorer place Well, yes, thanks for that Luke. previousAn amusing assertionnextSeems a fair enough claim to me 11 thoughts on “Cliche Time!” The Meissen Bison March 1, 2020 at 8:54 am Truism, perhaps? Hector Drummond March 1, 2020 at 9:21 am At least he’s not saying the opposite, like most journalists. dearieme March 1, 2020 at 12:29 pm Without Patisserie Valerie the world would be a less joyous place. (At least at the standard of its products a dozen years ago.) Gamecock March 1, 2020 at 12:46 pm ‘the moral obligations of the commercial world’ Third party interference. Luke is a dick. Pat March 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm It may be obvious to us that business makes us richer. Sadly it is not obvious to many, particularly in academia and certain newspapers. Hence the case needs to be made. Repeatedly, loudly and often. dearieme March 1, 2020 at 2:22 pm I once told an undergraduate class “it’s trade that makes you rich”. Some of them looked stunned, as if nobody had ever said it before. Diogenes March 1, 2020 at 4:56 pm Has anyone tried telling Capt Potato this? Edward Lud March 1, 2020 at 6:26 pm dearieme, is it indelicate if I ask what your subject is? And if not, what is it? BniC March 2, 2020 at 6:16 am Someone tried to make the point that we have child labour laws because evil capitalists used to put kids to work, really didn’t get it when I pointed out capitalism made society rich enough that parents could afford to not send their kids out to work in order to have food to eat dearieme March 2, 2020 at 12:05 pm @m’Lud, I was giving them a brief account of Comparative Advantage. Nowadays all the sciences are Applied Sciences except fundamental physics/cosmology and related stuff. So all scientists (save the physics fantasists) should have a small clue about economics. It’s amazingly hard to get the ideas into the skulls of some of them – their instinct is to think in terms of lumps of material (as in World Copper Reserves equal such and such, an immutable number). You also have to undo the tosh they learn from their schools, their computers, their pals, and their parents. If you want to see an undergraduate get really shouty just tell him something which he KNOWS to be untrue. ANNRQ March 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm Without business/trade the human population would number a few thousand at most; we’d be wearing grass skirts and we’d be wondering how many ant’s we could have for dinner. Everything is the result of trade, whether in practical goods or in ideas. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.