Thursday, 29 March 2012

ECONOMIC HARMONIES, II: What Steve Jobs gained from his cleaning lady

ECONOMICS FOR REAL PEOPLE: Here’s the update on tonight’s discussion with our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group. Why not come along?

Hi all,

Last week we began talking about the biggest lesson economics has to teach, i.e., the “Economic Harmonies” that arise when people act in their legitimate self-interest, and the greatest example of that, i.e., Division of Labour.

This coming Thursday, at 6pm in Case Room 3 of the Auckland Uni Business School, we will continue looking at these Harmonies. Specifically, we will discuss some of the leading implications of the Division of Labour that help us confirm our general point. And as always, it will be done in an interesting and unique way.

ECONOMIC HARMONIES, II: What Steve Jobs gained from his cleaning lady, or: The General Gain from the Existence of Others

  • Why, in a division-of-labour society, prosperity is open to everyone;
  • What Thomas Edison gained from his cleaning lady (and what she gained from him);
  • Why Lady Gaga should spend more time caterwauling and John Grisham more time writing books;
  • Why Malthus, Russel Norman and the Chinese government are all wrong, i.e., why greater population is a blessing not a curse; and
  • How it is that in a division-of-labour society each of us gains from the existence of each other.

Where: Business School “Case Room 3,”
                  Level 0, Owen G. Glenn Building,
                  12 Grafton Rd,
                  Auckland University [Map here]
When:   Thursday 29 March, 6:00pm

All welcome!

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  1. I went to king abdaoe blog, humble, but hisa script was in Arabic.
    I do not believe that capital division of labour is a good way forward. It is not equitable, and it will fail. It is a prescribed idea, almost socialist.
    Did Bob Jones labour, did Hotchins labour, did Michael Fay traitor to this country labour,
    I think not.
    Did Sir Roger Douglas labour,no he did not.


  2. The local idiot ^ rides again.

  3. James,the local idiot is one who can put down others with no real rational argument, thats you James, small poof, so small and little James you can not see the funny side to your pathetic little country,

  4. Hi, What are the thinkers/works that best describe economic harmonies?


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