Rex, I agree in general, but the fish example is a little misplaced. A few "Individual Transferable Quotas"--ITQs exist in US fisheries and there are many more proposals to extend their use in over harvested (most of them) US fisheries. New Zealand has an extensive system. They are an example of market-based management of open access resources.
These do get reported in the popular media from time to time, but usually only after our friend Senator Stevens (Alaska) turns them down. rex wrote: > I've seen many stories about government attempts to stop "price gouging" and > none even hinted that there was another side, that gouging was good, that > anti-gouging laws shouldn't exist, that they defeat market pricing, or that > the laws caused problems. > > I've seen many stories about seafood being "overharvested" and need more > government laws to limit takes, and never seen any mention that the problem > was government ownership of water, defeating supply and demand incentives, > soggy socialism, and the need for private property rights that would enable > farming and market pricing. (if that wasn't bad enough I rarely see stories > on farming of seafood, and they NEVER make the tie in to the lack of > property rights in water that cause overharvesting in government water. It > is unfortunate that (I believe) even the seafood farmers can't make the tie > in, coming from government schools). I have never seen a seafood farmer on > land suggest that he should be able to own areas now owned by government in > order to farm in water owned by government, I have never seen a reporter ask > such a question). > > I've seen many stories about "water conservation" and watering restrictions > even including police state patrols and enforcement, and never seen even a > hint that the problem was government ownership, lack of competition, lack of > market pricing, defeating supply and demand, that would eliminate all the > coverage made by the reporter in his socialist story. > > those are 3 easy ones I see a lot. I could go on and on. You've inspired > me to ask the list serve participants to compile a collection. Please send > in more examples of media blindness about capitalism, free market economics, > pricing, property rights, which all prove that the first amendment is > incompatible with government schools, and the latter must end. I swear it > seems our schools accomplish exactly what soviet schools accomplished. the > media prove that government schools produce socialists who know nothing > about free market economics.