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So, if your child grows up

So, if your child grows up and moves out, buying things magically becomes less efficient than living in economic isolation?

I love the Mises institute, but that particular article is the worst I've read on there. Ideas like the one in your link have been utterly demolished a thousand times, only to show back up a thousand times, usually cloaked in collectivist nationalistic rhetoric, such as can be seen in that article.

What the author neglects is that comparative advantage applies to the individual just as it applies to the nation. This is true simply because a nation is NOTHING MORE than a bunch of people, and, of course, an individuals "labor capital" is self-evidently IMMOBILE.

As Hazlitt points out over and over again, all of these little "technicalities" do nothing to change the underlying truth: What benefits the individual MUST benefit the nation in the same way.

I could list and elaborate on all of the fallacies the author commits, but would anyone read them, or would they get bored half way through.

Instead I'll simply offer this:

We both live in America. If you can peel potatoes 3 times faster than me, and you can shuck corm 2 times as fast, theses are the possible outcomes in 2 units of time:

1. You do both: you produce 3 potatoes and 2 ears of corn(5 veggies).

2.I do both: I produce 1 potato and 1 ear of corn(2 veggies).

3. I do the potatoes and you do the corn: We produce 2 potato and 4 ears of corn(6 veggies)

4. You do the potatoes and I do the corn: We produce 6 potatoes and 2 ears of corn(WOAH!!! (8 veggies)

What you(and the author of the article in your link) are saying, is that AS SOON AS I CROSS THE BORDER, we no longer produce 8 veggies. As ridiculous as this sounds, you(and the author) don't stop there. You posit that, not only do we fail at making 8, but we actually get poorer, meaning that we can't even produce the 5 veggies that you can make by your self.

Let's change the scenario to test your idea. I'll let you run the calculator The scenario:

You live in America. I move to China. If you can peel potatoes 3 times faster than me, and you can shuck corm 2 times as fast, what are the possible outcomes in 2 units of time?

I look forward to your calculations......

"I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."