Getting Rich by Supplying Demand

The reason that so many people have refrigerators is because profit-driven businesses tried really hard to make refrigerators that most people can afford. The businesses did this to profit themselves, not to be altruistic toward others. And today, as a result of the huge number of refrigerators already in existence, I’m getting an old used one for a really low price. Because “supply and demand.” So today, once again, I am thankful for “capitalism” and “greedy businessmen”–i.e. people who found ways to enrich themselves by producing stuff people wanted to buy. Because I am personally benefiting from that.

It’s ironic how many other people live easy enough lives, as a result of that same thing, who spend their leisure time bitching about how evil profit is, or how evil money is, or how evil “wealth inequality” is, etc. And if you took away all the riches they have as a result of profit-driven “capitalism,” most of them would literally die.

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.

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