After all, it was the doctor's job to keep you healthy, not to make money when you were sick.
In 1958, an American economist named Leonard Read wrote an essay called "I, Pencil," written from the pencil's point of view, about how no one on the planet knows how to make a pencil.
The cost derives from the application of huge amounts of energy, intelligence, and technology to obtain and process the raw materials: digging and smelting to create high-grade steel, harvesting and refining and molding to make rubber parts, and so on.
However, new and improved cows are now able to make milk with more of these enzymes.
I could not in one hundred lifetimes make a working electric lamp, even knowing what I know now.
In every cell of your body except your red blood cells exists a copy of your DNA.
What we need to make its parts—iron ore to make steel, rubber to make tires, sand to make glass, petroleum to make plastics—is generally a few cents' worth of raw materials.
And like our example with energy, technology and human innovation could make other things that are now scarce—or that we think of now as scarce—not so at all.
I'll make this case for you.
If I had to make a guess, I’d say there were 300 jelly beans in that jar.
You figure out how to make your widget from this new plastic.
(I answered, "They should get jobs at the factory that would make the lawnmowers; it would pay better.") Personal computers and the Internet have come under criticism in this regard.
They still have the hand-operated machine from the 1940s that was used to make the first Legos, but it is of course now a museum piece.
The best way to make a chair, known only by a few craftsmen, would be used to make all the chairs better.
Everything would be better made because the best way to make a thing could be multiplied across all occurrences of the thing.
This will create a cascading effect; once energy, for instance, is free, it will make precious metals free.
Now the Zimbabwean dollar has undergone four re-denominations (the process of shaving zeros off the currency to make a more manageable new currency.
Here I'll make a point which I believe to be a historic constant and to which we will be returning: If property rights of the rich are respected and tax rates, while high, still allow for indefinite gain, then the rich will keep producing.
Historically, and one can certainly make the case in the present time, this ultimately bankrupts societies.
So today, you make $33,000 and pay 40 percent tax.
Bill Gates could make his billions because computers, with the right software, could vastly increase productivity.
Therefore millions of people were willing to pay hundreds of dollars for the software to make them more productive.
These jobs can be market jobs that have the potential to make a person vastly richer, creating more and more wealth on the planet.
An important point to make here is this: Historically, the welfare state only emerges to solve problems that private charities either cannot or will not solve.
Again, this is because without compelling, widely accepted facts, we use things we've learned from other parts of our lives to make our decisions.
Then again, don't the fat years make up for all this?
We can still make plenty of progress.
Ever since we've had agriculture, people have been employing technology to make it better.
In the first ten years of attempting to make better hybrids, Borlaug's group made more than six thousand crossings of wheat.
In 1953, he developed a method to make strains of wheat highly resistant to a single form of rust.
The farm of today already has tractors that use GPS to make perfectly parallel rows with great precision.
It was impossible to make out what he wanted.
He had managed people for a long time and knew that the chief way to make them obey is to show no suspicion that they can possibly disobey.
"May I make bold to trouble your honor?" said he respectfully, but with a shade of contempt for the youthfulness of this officer and with a hand thrust into his bosom.
"Vewy pleased, Pwince, to make your acquaintance!" he repeated again, smiling sadly, and he again pressed Prince Andrew's hand.
"And the French shall too, believe me," he went on, growing warmer and beating his chest, "I'll make them eat horseflesh!"
* "Think it over; get into the barque, and take care not to make it a barque of Charon."
I should make too good a target for the French, besides I am afraid I should hardly be able to climb onto a horse.
Please impress upon Leppich to be very careful where he descends for the first time, that he may not make a mistake and fall into the enemy's hands.
He could make nothing of it.
They slander him as a traitor, and the only result will be that afterwards, ashamed of their false accusations, they will make him out a hero or a genius instead of a traitor, and that will be still more unjust.
That's what I was saying to you-- those German gentlemen won't win the battle tomorrow but will only make all the mess they can, because they have nothing in their German heads but theories not worth an empty eggshell and haven't in their hearts the one thing needed tomorrow--that which Timokhin has.