Friday, January 12, 2007

Shortages of Wives and Rabbits

The wonders of "social planning" (the so called "one-child policy") under Communism never cease to amaze me. Governments better leave both social and economic planning to private individuals:

"Chinese facing shortage of wives"

"China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women by 2020, making it difficult for them to find wives, according to a national report. " -BBC

And another sad example of the widely known fact that governments can't calculate:

"North Korea Seeks Giant Rabbits for Meat Production to Alleviate Food Shortage"

"A German pensioner who won a prize and worldwide fame for breeding his country’s largest rabbit — Robert, a 10.5kg (23lb) bruiser the size of a dog — has been offered an unusual opportunity to exploit his talents overseas."

"Karl Szmolinsky has been given a contract by North Korea to supply giant rabbits to help to boost meat production in the reclusive Communist country, which is suffering severe food shortages. The only problem is that such huge rabbits consume vast quantities of food themselves as they grow."

Guess which is the next country to report problems concerning the classic economic calculation problem? Yap - it's the Hugo Land.

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Blogger Susan said...

This isn't relevant to your current blog post, but I wanted to comment anyway to say thank you for posting an alternative perspective on PZ Myers' blog entry "Accept the implications." It's always nice to see a libertarian perspective over there, even if it is a somewhat feeble attempt to present rational ideas to a group that prides themselves on "rational" thinking. I agree with Prof. Myers on a lot of issues, but not his views on the role of government.

January 13, 2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

Yeah. I'd guess I react to his misguided views on economics the same way he reacts when some Creationist attempts to explain evolution.

January 14, 2007 5:22 AM  

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