Monthly Archives: November 2009

Behind everything is a market

Been thinking about this for a while now.

I wonder about the root causes behind things. How it got started, how it ended up where it is today.

Like, why is Chicago situated geographically where it is? Why not 10 miles further north? Or, why do insurance companies mostly congregate in Des Moines and Hartford? Or even, why does a particular part of a city have lots of people begging for change, while others do not.

And what I’ve decided it all comes down to, at some point of origin, is market forces. Sure, there are other factors like luck and random chance, but at some point, most decisions are made with at least a basic consideration for what gains and losses are involved.

Sometimes it’s monetary, but often it’s not this tangible.

Just one of my tricks for rationalizing a complex world.


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