Stupid Questions February 2015

the word "totalitarian" is a gratuitous addition by you.

It doesn't seem that way to me. What has failed is a bunch of totalitarian communist countries with central planning. How do you know it is better to characterize that situation as "central planning has failed" than as "totalitarian central planning has failed"?

this question has been settled.

Point me to an explanation of how it has been settled and how rival explanations for the observations have been dealt with?

This question has only been widely debated in the economics literature for the last, what, 70 years?

Stupid Questions February 2015

by Gondolinian 1 min read2nd Feb 2015198 comments


This thread is for asking any questions that might seem obvious, tangential, silly or what-have-you. Don't be shy, everyone has holes in their knowledge, though the fewer and the smaller we can make them, the better.

Please be respectful of other people's admitting ignorance and don't mock them for it, as they're doing a noble thing.

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