Politics Limits Supplies

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Every nation has resources. Political systems contrive shortages, by making some resources more difficult to access. Governments (see OPEC cartel) create artificial shortages. Even rare elements like diamonds are plentiful. Japan has very few resources, but are great fishermen, so they have valuable resources to trade. Every nation has something to sell. If over-control does not throttle trade, every nation could thrive. Governments are necessary to protect citizens and property, but over-control frustrates innovation. Forcing of such things as wind energy upon electrical industry at a loss is political and ignorant. Most environmental efforts are too expensive and forcing them upon current modes of industry does little good. …