American Elephants


Bastiat’s Broken-Window Fallacy. by The Elephant's Child
April 3, 2010, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Statism | Tags: , ,

Here’s one little lesson from economics that we all need to keep in mind.  On September 14, 2001, economist Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times :

Ghastly as it may seem to say this the terror attack (of 9/11), like the original day of infamy, which brought an end to the Great Depression, could even do some economic good.

Sigh.  There is a basic fallacy in his thinking, what Fredric Bastiat called the broken-window fallacy.  And the Japanese attack on December 7 didn’t end the Great Depression either.

(h/t: Veronique de Rugy)


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