But in many areas, scarcity is so profound it has huge societal impact.
Calculating the actual, societal costs of fatty foods, alcohol, cars, pet ownership, mercury thermometers, air conditioning, solar panels, razor blades, jogging shoes, and ten thousand other things, and incorporating those costs in the prices as taxes would lead to a vastly more efficient allocation of resources.
Maybe we need it as a release valve that lets off societal pressure ...
They are not tales of aberrant individuals but of societal norms.
When confronted with any thorny societal problem, I apply the same basic thought process I used on the five topics of this book.