Make Good Things

The basic way that, like, capitalism works is that you have incentives to make good stuff because people will pay you for it. If you invent a thing that people need, and you manufacture it efficiently, you will get rich. There are errors. If you invent a thing that people don’t need, that is actively bad for them, but that they want anyway, you will also get rich; later you might have to apologize. From a raw financial-incentives perspective, the market signal saying “make good things” looks a lot like the one saying “make bad addictive things.”

Matt Levine, Money Stuff

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