What Did the Market Bring Us in a Generation? Lots
A recent CD post had this quote from Hillary Clinton in 1996:
“The unfettered free market has been the most radically destructive force in American life in the last generation.”
The Dispatches from TJICistan blog responds to Hillary:
What did the market bring us in the generation between 1966 and 1996?
In Cars: Airbags, antilock brakes, front wheel drive, unibody construction with greater rollover protection
In computer hardware: Altairs, Tandys, Atari 800s, Apple IIs, Macintoshes, 386 clones, 486s, pentiums, 1.0 Gigahertz desktop machines.
In computer software: WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, the Macintosh OS, Windows, Oracle, Netscape navigator
In retail shopping: Costco, Target, Barnes and Nobles superstores, Amazon.com, Starbucks
In publishing: An explosion of books like never before seen in the history of mankind. Similarly, an explosion of magazines.
In medicine: Cheap and effective laser eye surgery, Prozac and other SSRIs that have brought relief and happiness to tens of millions, cancer treatments, massive advances in animal medicine
in food: the rise of organic food, cruelty free eggs and meat, Whole Foods, Trader Joes
The list goes on and on and on.