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Talk Back on Pie

Posted: August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm   /   by

This Freedom Foundation video takes on a subject that we have covered in these pages numerous times: the “fixed pie” or “zero sum game” fallacy. Essentially, this is the left’s contention—as seen in their statements and their policies—that available wealth is of a fixed amount, and that one person can only get rich at another’s expense.

Even if there weren’t an historical and economic record to prove the fallacious nature of this argument, common sense should be enough. If the economic pie is fixed, then we’d have the same amount of wealth as we did when economics began. In other words, we’d have the same five jobs and the same handful of seashells once used by cavemen as money. The reason we don’t have that is because the pie grows. One man doesn’t get rich at another’s expense—one man gets rich by growing the pie.

It’s so simple, only a statist could fail to grasp it.

Christopher Cook
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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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