Thursday, February 17, 2011
Matt Yglesias Makes a Stupid Point
He postulates a scenario where a pill is invented that enables us to live till our 100th birthday without any illness and then suddenly die. In such a world there would be no health care sector and thus those incomes go away and his view would cause "a catastrophic economic collapse". I guess I think of it differently, I would have $15k of discretionary income that I don't currently have and that money I could spend on my child's education and development, my wife and my leisure, or towards investments. I think there is a mindset that looks at technology as displacing labor, which it often does, and draws the conclusion that it is bad. Such would be the case if human wants were finite, but they are in fact infinite.