Market Economy: Crash Course Government and Politics #46

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Today, we’re going to take a look at how the government plays a role in the economy. Specifically, the way the government creates and maintains our market economic system. Now sure, the government’s role in the economy can be controversial, some may even say completely unnecessary. But there are some deficiencies in a free market, and we’re going to look at those, and the tools the government uses to combat those issues in maintaining a healthy and stable economy.

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Marco Onyxheart says:

Anti-trust laws are COMMUNIST!

CTPhenom says:

Wow, I guess anything in a yellow jumpsuit reminds me of BrBa. Hell, a BANANA reminds me of BrBa!

Cythil says:

My view on government is that if there was no government then someone would invert it and implement it.

Those that think the world would be better without a government do not realise that what ever system they set up to replace it would it self be a form of government. After all without any government there is no property rights. There are in fact no right at all. But the first moment we start to agree on some rules then we have created a form of government.

Justin Koenig says:

Neoliberalism is the cancer of america

TheGreatWolfy says:

down with capitalism!

Nemo Umbranox says:

You forgot the most important one: Establishing Currency.

Merry Machiavelli says:

I find it interesting how this video would be taken in very different ways by people in different countries. For example, the proposition that government is important in the economy is much less controversial to a Western European audience – the only significant argument there would be one of degree.

For a Chinese audience, that may go even further, with a large level of government involvement in the economy viewed as essential for prosperity.

For an audience from some sub-saharan African countries, I imagine this message is met either with a derision or remorse, given that corruption and political instability occurs there on a scale in just doesn't in the US or Western Europe.

For a country governed under Shari-ah, the intertwining of law, religion and government seems like it alters some aspects of the debate entirely.

The mental link between free market economics and personal freedom, as well as the ideological emphasis on freedom itself, is a something particularly pronounced in the US for cultural reasons. Hearing how much less individualistic cultures, like that of Japan for instance, react to the same ideas would be interesting.

Paschal Conneely says:

3:12 It took so long it was distracting me. 4:19 ahhh its back! Seriously though, good video.

TheFireflyGrave says:

Great video Craigers!

TheAtheistPaladin says:

But what about positive externalities? Doesn't the government promote them? Either by subsiding like with green energy or requiring like with vaccines?

Marcial Amaury Pineda Moquete says:

Take that free-market enthusiasts

Sacratease says:

How can it be said that we own land when some government can take it away – for the nonpayment of taxes on the land, for example.

Greg Moberg says:

but wait, if we speculate enough or provide the right hypothetical circumstance, the market will take care of all these things. The government could be taken over by mind reading androids. It only fallows from that, that people shouldn't be bound by laws and should be allowed to have nukes and tanks and use them at their own discretion. /s

Vasey9 says:

There's no such thing as a free market. Or a free lunch.

Sam Barkley says:

Tim Minchin?

SurferMan127 says:

1:07 Don't FUCKING LEAVE THAT TO COMMENTERS!!! The video is less that 10 minutes long, by all means TAKE 5 MORE and make your case with a solid argument before moving on!!!

Mafhiw says:

A free market naturally fixes frauds and scams.

The story of Brad Katsuyama and the founding of IEX is the perfect example. The trade scalping was perfectly legal, and law enforcement could do nothing about it, so he opened a stock exchange that prevented it; a tiny subtle scam can open the window to a massive competition.

A scam or a fraud is a leak on the quality of the service, and consumers naturally heavily punish it.

Thanks to a competition arising, the trade scalpers in the long run will lose more than they gain with the scam.

An artist theory on the physics of 'Time' as a physical process. Quantum Atom Theory says:

The words Crash and Market Economy go together well when you add the word government!

therealquade says:

so I have a question here.
A written titles and deeds are physical things. didn't these used to be incredibly vague for ownership, like "the holder of this deed owns X thing/place" I have seen many a movie where the plot revolved around people fighting over a deed because literally, whoever physically possessed said deed, was the owner of the land. I mean, maybe they glossed over needing to forge a signature or something, or maybe they didn't originally require them. I don't honestly know.

So my question is…. for things with a high monetary value, such as real estate, cars, etc, that have a title or deed…. I'm assuming that today there's signatures and such specified on the title or deed for who the owner is, and if i'm somehow wrong please correct me…. but, Was that always the case, and if not, when did it change?

UniQuE TV says:

Government is necessary for a market economy to exist?
what??? Have you ever played Metin2 or other mmorpgs with a normal and free market-system?
a market economy can work very good without a government
I think what you mean is that people need to follow objective legitimate laws in a market economy
The Government only makes the market economy more easy for e.g. ill people by socialising it which is a good thing btw

Gabriel Fine says:

Great videos, however, some of the viewers including me aren't born in English speaking places, can you please slow down with the talking? difficult to follow. But great videos :)

makzmakz says:

The government IS the bandits! The take your money by force. If you dont comply you sooner or later gets killed.

Antonis Rountas says:

The truth is that I was attracted by the characters in the thumbnail…

Ryan Swift says:

favorite. favourite. all time fave-or-it. oh my fave, Becky. oh my.

shreddaily101 says:

Wait, wait. You are not John green???

JMan says:


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