Hot take on economics 

I have heard people talking about "economics" and "economic systems" as if they're this unnatural thing imposed on innocent humans. But the fact that we use the same word for both the thing being studied and the science of studying it is just an unfortunate word choice.

"Economics" is really just the study of a particular class of human activity that pre-dates agriculture. An "economic system" is what you have any time you have a complex society.

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Hot take on economics 

So "not having economics" just means ceasing to care about a particular class of human activity. It doesn't make that activity stop. And having an "economic system" isn't optional; it's just a question of whether you pay any attention to what that system actually is and how it behaves.

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How about this: Unless you take away people's right to make agreements amongst themselves, they will always tend toward a market economy like what we see in the West.

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@cjd That's a stronger argument than I'm prepared to make at the moment. There are a lot of institutions that are part of what we currently call a "market economy" that are quite artificial. American-style corporations, fiat currency, central banks, regulated/insured banks generally, etc. There are a lot of variables there. All I will say is that people will trade, they'll come up with some conception of "property", and they'll probably have something like money.

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