My Anti-Globalization Stereotype
I thought this comment was interesting:
Bryan Caplan’s rejection is based entirely on his own stereotype of
‘anti-globalization types.’ The fact is that many of the college-age
students who join such rallies and events are there because they
perceive big business and big government ganging up on the small and
powerless. Unfortunately they all too often walk away believing that
the problem is market exchange when in fact the problem is
expropriation of existing property rights and barriers to competition.
I wish this were true, but it contradicts a ton of public opinion data. The reason why students “all too often walk away believing that
the problem is market exchange” is that they showed up with that belief. What makes me so sure? Because a supermajority of Americans hold this belief, even people who wouldn’t be caught dead at an anti-globalization rally. Take a look at the survey questions I discuss in my book, or the questions that Steve Miller and I analyze in the General Social Survey. Or just try arguing with anyone who hasn’t studied economics – I’ve done my share. Even when big business and big government are nowhere to be seen – for example, person-to-person sale of human organs – free markets do not meet with public approval.