We Need the Broken-Window Fallacy

We Need the Broken-Window Fallacy

To not masquerade as something in everyday life


Here is the case of the broken-window fallacy according to a French economist named Bastiat: a baker was planning to buy a suit. A child decides to throw a rock into the window, so the baker uses the money for the suit to pay for the new window. The glazier who helped replace the window received his business. The tailor did not. Some people would argue that destruction can foster business in several ways, but it does not. This was only a loss.

Destruction should never be painted or framed as a tool for growth. People tried to use the broken-window fallacy to promote war. The reason why they did this is because being under the pressure of war caused our country to focus most of its work in certain concentrated areas and ignore other vital ones. The war acted as a diversion from other industries, like taking care of automobiles or being concerned about the environment. Because people were focused on war efforts, houses were not built and technologies became obsolete.

The war created a need instead of a demand, but the need for certain industries became confused with demand. People did not have the money or the means of obtaining what they needed. This is the broken-window fallacy.

The broken-window fallacy is used as an excuse to change the direction of "growth," but this growth is not actual growth. This growth is a pretense for a replacement. Replacing a vital tool is not synonymous with growing. Damage and destruction were done, so there had to be compensation.

To put it in mathematical terms, -1 + (+)1 = 0. We started with a negative number, and a positive number was required to make up for the negative number. Growth cannot occur in this situation. There was zero growth.

The problem with the broken-window fallacy is that it masquerades in everyday life beyond economics. People try to justify violence with the broken-window fallacy. The worst argument that I have heard is the idea of "pruning" something. Yes, we may prune certain bushes in a garden, but people are not themselves meant to be "pruned" from society. The idea of pruning anything beyond a bush is the broken-window fallacy masquerading as a tool for growth again.

The other argument that I have heard is the analogy to haircuts. Like in the situation when dead ends need to be cut off in order for hair to grow, people try to justify cutting other people out in order to "grow." This is the broken-window fallacy back in disguise yet again.

Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. If we try to justify violence or "pruning," or "cutting people out" based on the broken-window fallacy, then we are perpetuating destruction, damage, and hate. Harming one person ultimately harms the collective society because society is made up of each individual person. Harming one person harms the collective.

Let's not justify damage or destruction and pretend that it is growth.

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.


"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"

Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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