Nature’s Bounty (Thanks to Man)

In the silly but eminently watchable Travel Channel show, Man v. Food, host Adam Richman visits diners that provide food challenges — dishes so big or so pepper-hot that whoever manages to eat an entire one wins some kind of honor.  Imagine such a diversion during America’s (first) Great Depression.  In fact, it should ever be as Man v. Food paints it; the only famines recorded in the last several centuries have been the direct results of the activities of forcible governments.  Societies always, always can feed themselves abundantly and inexpensively in the absence of governmental wealth-destroying interference.  Watch for evidence of this in your own life while the American economy struggles to absorb the gargantuan economic “stimuli” and control-tightening measures instituted over the last, and the next, few years.

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  • That’s why I think it’s important for people to start reducing the number of middlemen between them and their food supplies.

  • Not only do societies feed themselves incredibly well absent intervention, but technology and wealth-building tend to soften the impact of business cycles in real terms. For example, I would be surprised if there were even a single case of involuntary starvation in the US in the last several years caused by bust-induced poverty. But in business cycles of a century ago, people could actually starve to death.