How to Create Artificial Scarcity

So I just got chased out of a dumpster full of books by a staffer of Half Price Books, which just went out of business.

Two things to note:

1. This is an example of how capitalism incentivizes firms to create artificial scarcity. Plenty of people (e.g. Books to Prisoners) could use those books, but Half Price Books is destroying them because giving them away would decrease demand for their other books. I believe this is standard practice at most bookstores.

2. The staffer who chased me out didn’t seem like an inherently bad guy; he was just an employee following orders. This is an example of how wage-labor erases people’s moral agency, causing employees to do terrible things (e.g. torture POWs) that they would never do as private citizens.


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