The Free Market Won't Make Us Happy

Market forces won't make us happy. They might do a lot of things, but planning for the common good isn't one of them.  If a company can make money doing something it is going to do it, even if it kills or injures millions of people. Even if the risk of a backlash is so great that it would destroy the company.

Take obesity, market forces push food comapnies to offer larger sizes and cut costs. This means bigger portions of less healthy food - and ultimately obesity. Here is "The Register" on this...

Food manufacturers are not able to regulate themselves effectively. The solution is for an organization acting on behalf of the population to regulate the market. This should be one of the roles of government. Make people happy.

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