This website promises Understanding! De-obfuscation! Relief! But first, let's sharpen our focus on some of the Big Questions, by pondering some paradoxes. (If none of the choices are to your liking, pick the one that seems the least dismal.)


1. Is there a limit to human desires?

  Sure. When people have what they want, they relax.

  No! People are never satisfied. And that proves that there will never be enough resources for everyone: human beings are destroying their world.

  People should be satisfied with what they have, but they aren't.

  No! When people get the first things they want, they go on to seek higher and deeper things.


2. Can the earth's resources support an increasing population?

  No way. We must work quickly to limit human fertility.

  Perhaps, if we make some sacrifices.

  Of course. Full speed ahead! "Doom and gloom" predictions just retard progress.

  Yes, if economic policies are based on justice.


3. Are periods of recession and unemployment inevitable in a market economy?

  Yes, they are needed to counteract inflation.

  No. Proper policies could eliminate the boom/bust cycle.

  Yes, and that shows that the capitalist economy is doomed.

  No, if we could just eliminate political corruption.


4. Does automation cause unemployment?

  Certainly. When machines replace workers, jobs are lost.

  Definitely not. Labor-saving inventions give us more time to do the things we want.

  Machines don't need health care, and they don't join unions -- so automation just fattens the ones who own the machines.

  Government intervention and welfare giveaways cause unemployment, not automation!


5. Which of the following statements do you consider right?

  Taxes should be levied according to ability to pay.

  Taxes should be levied according to benefits received.

  The pain of taxation should be spread out among as many revenue sources as possible.

  Taxation is wrong. Abolish it, and free, self-interested people would provide public goods.


6. Are tax reductions the best way to stimulate the economy?

  You bet! "Progressive Taxation" has stifled the economy for far too long.

  They seem to help in the short term, but inflation eats them up before long.

  The source of public revenue is much more important than the amount.

  Government is addicted to spending; tax cuts simply create more debt.


7. Should citizens be provided with a guaranteed income?

  Of course not! That would stifle initiative.

  Certainly. There is plenty of wealth to go around.

  It would depend on where the fund came from.

  Only if they are unable to provide for themselves


8. What causes urban blight?

  The warehousing of valuable locations in center cities.

  The unfortunate social pathologies of the people who get stuck living there.

  The obsolescence of urban centers in the new "information economy".

  Subsidizing automobiles while starving public transit.


9. Should workers be protected against foreign competition?

  No, because foreign competition doesn't hurt workers.

  Yes! We cannot afford to lose jobs.

  Yes! Multinational corporations cruelly exploit foreign workers.

  No! Trade restrictions benefit special interests at everyone's expense.


10. Is it possible to create an economic order that works for everyone?

  No. That's an impossible dream; we have to look out for ourselves and our families.

  Yes, once enough people understand the necessary elements of a just and prosperous society.

  Yes, once the working people understand that revolution is the only answer.

  Maybe, if the government would leave people alone.