Billy Foster, PhD

Billy Foster

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Quotations

If all men were equal in interest and in endowment, natural or artificial, there would be no organized economic activity to explain. Each man would be a Crusoe. Economic theory thus explains why men co-operate through trade. They do so because they are different. — James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, The Calculus of Consent (1962)

Posts Tagged ‘division of labor’

It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.