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The Economy Isn’t Like A Machine – It’s More Like An Ant Colony

“Mainstream economics is built on the premise that the economy is a machine-like system operating at equilibrium. … The system might experience shocks, but the result of all these minute decisions is that the economy eventually works its way back to a stable state. … But why not look at the economy in terms of […]
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