Are political and economic freedom closely tied?

November 4-6,’16 ~QofDay~ Political and Economic Freedom

Are political and economic freedom closely tied?

The is a certain degree of association in history between political and economic liberty, and it is an association, not a causation.

And it is complex.

There is a very real set of tensions between markets and freedom and politics and systems and biology.

It seems clear to me that free markets are now the single greatest threat to individual and political freedom. This certainly has not been the case through most of history, but is true now that technology is at the point of allowing us to automate any process.
Full automation is anathema to market value.
Markets demand poverty (unmet demand) to work – full automation can meet all reasonable demand.
The major reason for poverty or want in the world today is the incentive sets present in markets.

So it is a a very complex situation, and no – economic and political freedom are not at all tied, not any more.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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2 Responses to Are political and economic freedom closely tied?

  1. Fijay says:

    I kind of agree with you Ted …but with the election of a psychopathic egomaniac in the US …and the destructive ‘Brexit’ campaign in the UK …the world is not ready for true freedom yet …unless it’s the last hurrah of the old systems …doubt they’re going to let go lightly tho


  2. Hi Fijay
    Freedom always has boundaries. We need to be very conscious of making those boundaries as flexible as possible while still retaining the essence of security given by the concept of a boundary (and that can apply at many different levels).
    The only real hope I see is that some of them are sufficiently intelligent to see that it is in their own long term best interests, and that the trust networks of those individuals will allow the message that active change is required to move through those networks.
    And it is by no means a certain thing, and I am cautiously optimistic -more so than at any time in the last 50 years.


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