If Grocery Stores Were Like Public Schools

Don Boudreaux analogizes public education with hypothetical public grocers:

Suppose that we were supplied with groceries in same way that we are supplied with K-12 education.

Residents of each county would pay taxes on their properties.  A huge chunk of these tax receipts would then be spent by government officials on building and operating supermarkets.  County residents, depending upon their specific residential addresses, would be assigned to a particular supermarket.  Each family could then get its weekly allotment of groceries for “free.”  (Department of Supermarket officials would no doubt be charged with the responsibility for determining the amounts and kinds of groceries that families of different types and sizes are entitled to receive.)

Except in rare circumstances, no family would be allowed to patronize a “public” supermarket outside of its district.

Sounds ridiculous, right? Yet most of America remains thoroughly acquiescent to the government monopoly of education.

Read the rest here.

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2 thoughts on “If Grocery Stores Were Like Public Schools

  1. (Department of Supermarket officials would no doubt be charged with the responsibility for determining the amounts and kinds of groceries that families of different types and sizes are entitled to receive.)

    If everything were equally distributed, with super-market districts of equal proportion by population, how is this bad? Everybody has access to the same goods and would promote a SIGNIFICANTLY healthier America, greatly lowering our outrageous percentages of the obese, the overweight, diabetics, people with heart health issues, high blood pressure, etc.

    • Let’s ignore the fact that central planning doesn’t work…

      If you eat unhealthily and get fat that’s not my problem (unless I’m paying for your medical needs, which I don’t agree with either, so that’s a non sequitur). You have the right to choose what you wish to eat, where you wish to get it from, etc. I have no right to tell you otherwise.

      Do you believe in any kind of freedom, or do you think we should let an oligarchy decide what’s best for every aspect of our lives?

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