The eggs, milk, flour, and sugar that went into the cake? Strangers bought them from other strangers before selling them to us. My family used spoons and scrapers made by strangers and bought from other strangers to mix all the ingredients. They baked the cake in an oven made by strangers. They colored the icing with an unholy mix of chemicals made by strangers. And those strangers rely for their daily bread on still other armies of strangers.
It’s remarkable. If you have a sweet tooth, you take candy from strangers all the time. If you’ve ridden in a cab or with Uber or Lyft, you’ve gone against the advice of your mother and the other people who love you and have gotten in the car with a stranger. You probably didn’t bat an eye. Why not?
Art Carden is a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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