Re: Collectives

Kilgore, true, but we mustn’t forgot the Law of Comparative Advantage, as discovered by David Ricardo. When each specializes in what they’re best at, and trades it for what they need, more is produced then when each tries to produce everything they need themselves. This doesn’t contradict what you wrote, that collectives can’t produce more than the individuals that comprise it, but this very important economic insight goes along way to understanding how to increase every person’s individual production, thereby increasing the production of the whole.


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