Dan Mitchell on farm subsidies and organ transplants

The mad world of US farm support schemes.

I’ve argued before that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should be the top target of those seeking to shut down useless and counterproductive parts of the federal government.

But I just read a Wall Street Journal column about agriculture subsidies that has me so agitated, that I may change my mind and make the Department of Agriculture my top target for elimination.

Regulations versus organ transplants.

Economists are sometimes considered to be a bit odd, and the same thing is sometimes said about libertarians.

And since I’m a libertarian economist, I realize that makes me doubly suspect.

So when I’ve written about the desirability of market-based organ transplants (see here, here, and here), I realize some people will instinctively object because selling one’s organs is somehow distasteful and icky.

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4 Responses to Dan Mitchell on farm subsidies and organ transplants

  1. classical_hero

    Rabz farm subsidies now.

  2. Leo G

    If a libertarian economist finds organs offered for sale to be “icky” and “distasteful”, does that mean they prefer to eat free organs? How odd is that?

  3. Mundi

    I remember reading about how during the depression US farms where only allowed to grow what they were approved to grow. One guy even challenged it, as he grew corn to feed his live stock only, but even then he lost.

    Through out the great depression the government went around burning fields and slaughtering livestock, bull dozing then into ditches and preventing anything other than approved amounts hitting the market.

    This was all done in the name of preventing prices falling.

    These agencies still exist today. Even Australia has them. The potatoe growing I. WA is one most people know about, but wheat is also heavily regulated.

  4. Myrddin Seren

    I remember reading about how during the depression US farms where only allowed to grow what they were approved to grow. One guy even challenged it, as he grew corn to feed his live stock only, but even then he lost.

    FDR and his administration were statists and pretty much socialists. It seems to have been the political temperature post-WW1 and stoked by the Depression.

    The FDR administration was also riddled with Soviet agents and fellow travellers.

    So that when Hitler attacked Russia – the pressure came on to to overcome public resistance to another European war and get America in to the fight. The US embargoed the Japanese Imperialists for vital raw materials and assets, until the Japanese pips squeaked, they bombed Pearl Harbor and the next thing you know, Roosevelt is fighting other statist control freak regimes. Strange days.

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