How Price Gouging Helped My Family during a Storm

Two years ago, Raleigh, North Carolina, was expecting a severe ice storm and some minor accumulation of snow. For those living in the Northeast that is just a typical Tuesday. But for those of us living in North Carolina, it is a reason to go into full panic.

The Price of Milk 

So I decided to leave work a few hours early in order to beat the storm. Before leaving, however, my wife texted me and asked if I could stop on my way home and pick up some milk.

By raising the price of milk, Walmart gave people proper incentive to ration their consumption.

I stopped at the first three grocery stores along the way, only to find all three completely sold out of milk. Despite the impending panic, neither store increased its prices for things like milk and bread.

Walmart, just down the street from the third grocery store I visited, was my last hope. I figured that if Walmart was sold out of milk, I would go home empty-handed and the family would have to make do with what we had left in the refrigerator. Well, at least until the ice and snow melted, which, fortunately, in North Carolina would be in about two days.

I walked into Walmart and made a beeline for the dairy case only to find it empty. Walmart, too, had sold out of milk. It, too, didn’t increase the price of its milk, selling it for its normal price of $2.79 per gallon.

But wait! Next to this empty dairy case, I saw another dairy case with a sign taped to the door. Behind the door with the sign taped to it were dozens of gallons of milk.

What did the sign say? “The price of Maola Milk is temporarily $6.50/gallon.” That was more than double what Walmart normally charged. I happily grabbed a gallon from the case, paid for it, and made my way home.

The Morality of Price Gouging

For most people, the higher price Walmart charged for this milk was an obvious affront to decency; a blatant example of a greedy corporation “gouging” its customers in a time of crisis and need.


I see it differently. I was grateful for Walmart because by raising its price for the Maola brand milk it thwarted the greedy customers who, without consideration for others, snatch up two and three gallons. This is what happened with the Walmart brand milk and the milk sold in the other three stores I visited. By raising its price for Maola brand milk, Walmart gave people proper incentive to ration their consumption of it. They left plenty of the Maola brand milk for people like me who couldn’t make it to the store earlier. They didn’t do so out of concern for my welfare, but out of concern for their own welfare.

As an economist, I teach students about the benefits of what is derisively referred to as price gouging and why allowing prices to increase before and after a natural or man-made disaster is beneficial to those most in need. I am often asked something to the effect of, “How would you feel if it happened to you?” Well, it has happened to me and this is just one example of that.

Sadly, most of the time I experience the opposite: wasting time waiting in line to get some good, or not getting any at all because the price wasn’t permitted to rise.

Consider the water shortage currently plaguing residents of Texas and the overtly hostile backlash against those who raised the price of things like bottled water. Does this action hurt Texans, dumping on people who literally and figuratively are struggling to get their heads above water? Or do these higher prices benefit them, especially those most in need, by relieving them of having to deal with greedy hoarders, thus lessening the harsh realities of an immediate shortage of fresh water at their disposal?

Allowing prices to increase before and after a disaster is beneficial to those most in need.

I am often asked something to the effect of, “How would you feel if it happened to you?” Well, it has happened to me and this is just one example of that.

Sadly, most of the time I experience the opposite: wasting time waiting in line to get some good, or not getting any at all because the price wasn’t permitted to rise.

Consider the water shortage currently plaguing residents of Texas and the overtly hostile backlash against those who raised the price of things like bottled water. Does this action hurt Texans, dumping on people who literally and figuratively are struggling to get their heads above water? Or do these higher prices benefit them, especially those most in need, by relieving them of having to deal with greedy hoarders, thus lessening the harsh realities of an immediate shortage of fresh water at their disposal?


Not only does the higher price of water deter greedy people from indiscriminately hoarding what limited supply of water is currently available in that immediate area, it creates the incentive for people in places like Austin, Dallas, Norman, Oklahoma, and Little Rock, Arkansas to shift supplies of water from those areas where it is plentiful, to the Gulf coast areas of Texas where it is desperately needed. Without the reward from charging higher prices, most won’t do it.

For those who argue that people in areas not affected by the flooding should, out of kindness, voluntarily transport supplies like water to the devastated areas for free, or for at most the price they paid for it, why haven’t you done so? Why are you waiting for others to act on what you apparently regard as morally superior behavior?

Oh, and for the record. When I scanned the gallon of milk at Walmart, the price I was charged was $3.18, the normal price. Did this Walmart simply forget to change the price in its computer system? Or was the manager aware that a simple sign stating the price had doubled was sufficient to deter hoarding by customers?

Mark Steckbeck

Dr. Mark Steckbeck is an Associate Professor of Economics at Campbell University. 

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Must the Police Be Above the Law to Enforce It?

The arrest of Nurse Alex Wubbels has police conduct in the national spotlight again.

The  accepted by most, concept that police have different rights (moral relativism)  than you and I do,  urinates on a major concept that this country was founded upon. i.e. That all men are created equal.   It is also a tenet of the Church of Satan.  

Nurse Alex Wubbels refused to let police draw blood from an unconscious crash victim and ended up arrested. The ensuing national controversy has brought police conduct back into the spotlight, raising several questions. Is it necessary to be above the law to enforce it? Does the policy of granting “qualified immunity” to officers incentivize irresponsibility? Would police ranks have far fewer “bad apples” if officers were required to carry malpractice insurance? Antony and James address all this and more.

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Antony Davies

Antony Davies

Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Chief Academic Officer at FreedomTrust.

He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.

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The Deep State: How They Got Their Power To Manipulate For Ultimate Control

September 5, 2017

While many in the United States firmly believe that the government just isn’t working, it is.  But it’s only working for the powerful and rich elites in the government and the media who have a desire to cling to their oppressive control of others and the money many are willing to allow them to steal.

The fight has never been between the republicans and the democrats.  As Americans choose sides, their rights and freedoms are sold to the highest bidder. According to Intellectual Takeout, the fight is between “us” and the deep state; not those on the right and those on the left.  More and more often we are seeing bureaucrats, lobbyists, and elected officials of both parties circle the wagons in an effort to prevent any true reforms of the government. They constantly write laws they exclude themselves from,  come up with inventive ways to tax us to our breaking point and destroy the healthcare system.  And this is all by design…. Read More

The Deep State

A $475,000 And A $5 Cancer Cure Announced In The Same Week

Bill Sardi


September 5, 2017

In striking contrasts, a university-based team just announced it has developed a five-dollar treatment that completely abolishes cancer in the same week news headlines hailed the Food & Drug Administration’s approval of a $475,000 immunotherapy treatment for blood cancer (leukemia).

I’m sure readers want to hear about the five-dollar cancer cure first.  A university-based team set out to develop a cancer cure that could be performed in third-world countries where incomes are low, equipment unavailable and even electricity non-existent.  What they came up with needs just a needle and a syringe and a steady hand.

It is called tumor ablation — the injection of ethanol (alcohol) directly into a solid tumor that causes tumor cells to dehydrate and die.  It has been successfully demonstrated in pancreatic, parathyroid, liver, adrenal and other tumors.  It requires no special equipment and was 100% effective at curing cancers in hamsters in the animal lab.  Its only drawback, escape of ethanol into surrounding healthy tissues, has been overcome by making an ethyl cellulose substance that is highly viscous and remains in place rather than spreading to healthy tissues.

Only a 3% ethyl cellulose concentration injected at a certain rate was determined to produce optimal effect.  The results were astounding.  Using conventional ethanol ablation, 4 of 12 tumors regressed completely by the 7th day following treatment. The formed gel of ethanol cellulose reduced tumor volume to 13% versus 89% of their initial size with standard ethanol instillation.  Eight days following injection 7 of 7 tumors had completely regressed with ethanol cellulose gel whereas 0 of 5 regressed completely with standard ethanol.

Ethyl cellulose is currently approved by the US FDA as a food additive and costs less than 50-cents a gram.  Injection of 16-times less medicine (ethanol cellulose) versus plain ethanol completely abolished cancer.  Curious readers can view the astounding visual images of these complete cures published in a recent edition of Scientific Reports.

A commentator at the American Council on Science & Health website says “any technological advances that result from the team’s research will have applicability not only in the development world but to the develop one, as well.”  Will we ever see the day when this treatment is applied en mass?  Of course, major news sources buried the five-dollar cancer cure and extolled the half-million dollar one.

Meanwhile, the FDA has approved the first immunotherapy drug for childhood leukemia.  The treatment involves the drug Kymriah and will be confined to cases of unremitting acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  Kymriah, called the first “living drug,” genetically alters immune cells (T-cells) to fight the disease. About 600 patients develop this form of leukemia annually.  It can also be used for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma.  It mobilizes the body’s own immune system.

I’ve already explained how to mimic this T-cell therapy at a pittance of the cost of Kymriah.  The use of supplemental zinc to restore volume and function to the thymus gland that shrinks with advancing age is an overlooked form of immunotherapy.  Thymus gland extract, available in health shops, is also available.  It would cost less than $100 to purchase zinc and other vitamins to rejuvenate the immune system.

Expensive as it is, how can anyone be any less than thrilled to hear of this cure.  However, T-cell therapy with Kymriah isn’t a complete cure for all.  It has an 83% remission rate.  It is likely to be more effective if the function of the thymus gland were restored.

What is needed are free markets in medicine

Someone once said the objective of American business is to do things “more, better and faster” than your competitors.  That was certainly true when it came to transistor radios, computer printers, handwriting instruments, and a plethora of other products and services.  But that isn’t the objective of American medicine.

While medical device and pharmaceutical companies have a right to capture the highest yield for their research and development investments, they don’t have the right to rig markets (buy up generic drugs when their drug patents expire), develop treatments that pander to doctors’ incomes (injection fees for $1000 injectable drugs rather than oral medications), promote newer drugs over better and safer older drugs, lobby Congress to avoid having to be price competitive in selling drugs to Medicare, and pretend they have high R&D costs that justify high-priced drugs and then gain fast FDA approval for their new medicines as orphan drugs for rare diseases and then turn them into billion dollar blockbuster drugs via off label prescription.

Shunned for decades, immunotherapy has become applied science.  Modern medicine is finally delivering real cures, but only on its own terms.


What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies

This is shocking and most Americans, do not yet have a clue as to how close we are to losing what few rights we have remaining.  Education is the key, to mitigating bloodshed and violence.  Please help spread these articles.

By John W. Whitehead September 05, 2017

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, shoot, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases: these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.

Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are now guilty until proven innocent.

Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, property is being seized on the slightest hint of suspicious activity, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.

Consider, for example, what happened to Utah nurse Alex Wubbels after a police detective demanded to take blood from a badly injured, unconscious patient without a warrant…. Read More

Harvey’s Victims: Prisoners Drink Toilet Water in a Fight to Survive Under Lockdown

This is how government ends up “protecting your rights” when they are allowed at all off of the leash.  Some of these people should be going to jail. What do you think the chances are? After all police   demand laws granting them  moral Moral Relativism, (a pillar of the church of  Satan BTW) they are not mere men like you and I.  ~MFP

Inmates in Texas experience flooding and lack of food and water. They are drinking toilet water while under lockdown and two prisoners were reported dead. Left Voice interviews Rachel, whose husband is currently in Beaumont Federal Prison.

An evacuated Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison surrounded by floodwaters last year. (David J. Phillip / AP)

The following interview was conducted over a week after Hurricane Harvey hit. Rachel’s husband has been an inmate in Beaumont Federal Prison, located about an hour outside of Houston and 40 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Although some local media has denounced the conditions in the prison, in general, the media has remained silent on the plight of inmates…. Read More


“Teachers” in our government schools are usually the lowest IQ people at any given colledge….. If you want to prove this to yourself, go sit in on any first year “education” class. I did and was appalled.  ~MFP

A high school teacher at River Ridge High School in Georgia was filmed kicking two students out of class for wearing “Make America Great Again” shirts, which she compared to wearing a swastika.

The video was obtained by Turning Point News and shared on their social media accounts Saturday. The teacher was identified as Lyn Orletsky. It reportedly happened on Thursday during her math class…. Read More



Teacher Kicks Students Out Of Class Over Trump Shirt: “You Can’t Wear A Swastika To School”



This is what happens after most natural disasters.  This is what happened after the tornado that hit Joplin. It was government (police) that prevented people from helping after Katrina in New Orleans.  Police are truly  “useful idiots“.


Volunteer driving giant monster truck told no more help needed

A video featuring a uniformed police officer turning away volunteers who were rescuing Hurricane Harvey flood victims has infuriated the online community.The video, which has been viewed over 4.6 million times on Facebook, shows an officer shouting at volunteers Jared Kirkendoll and Scott Green in Vidor, Texas, where the men were using a monster truck to rescue residents from flood waters.

“Is this your vehicle?” the officer asks one of the men, who responds, “Yes.”“I need you to come down here,” the officer demands.
“For what?” the man replies.
“Because I said so!” the officer angrily yells.


A photo of the vehicle in the video shows it was suitable and more than capable of performing high water rescues.

The officer proceeds to ask for identification and has an unintelligible conversation with the man, after which the truck driver agrees to leave the area. …. Read More

Shock Video: Officer Turns Away Volunteer Rescuing Hurricane Flood Victims

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When ‘aid’ doesn’t help…

Is the US Under Attack From Manufactured Weather Events?

If you think that weather modification is science fiction think again. It was used 50 years ago during the Vietnam war, and now all of the major governments use it, and most have admitted to doing so.  ~MFP

Many credible people are asking the question as to whether the United Stated is under attack from manufactured weather events?

The first question that any reasonable person may ask as if the technology exists? The answer is a simple “without quetion”. Does that necessarily mean that Hurricane Harvey was a manufactured event tied to some nefarious purpose? It certainly does not follow that because the technology exists, that the use of proven weather modification is a given (ie “Air Force Owning the Weather 2025).

Making the Case for a Manufactured Weather Event

Dean Wigington has provided one of the most lucid accounts of why Hurrican Harvey is a manufactured weather event:

From: Dane Wigington

“Hurricane Harvey is the latest example of covert weather warfare being waged on completely unsuspecting populations. Increasingly catastrophic climate cataclysms are being orchestrated and manipulated by an ever more desperate and aggressive global power structure. Rapidly accelerating climate and biosphere collapse is not somewhere on the horizon, it is here, now. Climate engineering is further fueling the unraveling of the remaining web of life on our once thriving planet. With undeniable facts and film footage the video below fully exposes the manipulation of Hurricane Harvey…”

“Sharing credible and verifiable data is absolutely crucial in the fight to expose and halt the ongoing climate engineering assault.  When incorrect or false data is propagated, the critical cause of exposing and halting climate engineering is harmed. Investigate, become familiar with the most inarguable building block facts, and make your voice heard.”

I concur with Dean, if we do not make it a priority to share accuract information, then we can accurately be accused of being “fake news” and we will have no more credibillity that CNN or MSNBC. However, after watching Dean’s account, in the video, I have grave concerns regarding his allegation as offered in the video.   Read More


Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative Ready for Immediate Signature Collection

This petition is to get a pro MJ  Constitutional amendment  on the ballot.  Understand that the psychopathic criminals in Jefferson city have gutted, and bastardized this amendment, but it is a step in the right direction, to gain food and medical liberty in the police state of Missouri.  ~MFP

The Missouri Marijuana Legalization Movement (MMLM) has been working diligently to put together an initiative petition for 100 percent legalization of cannabis in Missouri. The Secretary of State has approved a petition for circulation that will put that question in front of the voters of Missouri on Nov. 8, 2018. MMLM currently has over 67,000 members and is growing daily, with more than 2,000 registered volunteer petitioners.

The revolutionary approach to legalization of cannabis taken by MMLM sends a strong message, not only to the voters of Missouri, but to all Americans collectively. The benefits of cannabis in all its forms have been repressed through misinformation by large corporations for decades, simply to allow those entities to line their pockets and increase their profits. This is an abomination perpetrated on everyone in our great nation.

“The benefits provided by cannabis in all its forms will revolutionize so many industries and become a major windfall for Missourians,” said Timothy Gilio the driving force behind the MMLM. “From bio-diesel that can eliminate our dependency on foreign oil, paper products that can help us reverse deforestation worldwide, medical applications that will reduce costs to patients and be safer than current drugs like opioids, to construction materials and a host of other applications.”

Why should someone sign this petition for 100 percent legalization of cannabis? There are numerous reasons to sign it, and literally zero reasons not to sign it. The human rights issue alone should be enough for any sane person to sign. We put people in prison for anywhere from decades to life for possession of a plant that has more benefits than any other plant on this planet. Why? Because our government, our elected officials who are lining their pockets with contributions from pharmaceutical companies, say we should. Those same pharmaceutical companies are pocketing billions of dollars in profits selling poison to people. Cannabis would replace so many drugs that they realize their profits would plummet, so they pay big bucks to lobby our elected representatives to keep it illegal.

People are dying by the droves daily from using opioids, which are legal. People are dying by the tens of thousands from alcohol and tobacco use, which are also legal. No one has ever died from using cannabis. Not one person. Ever. Keeping cannabis illegal is the most illogical thing this country has ever done. Get the facts. Educate yourself. Stop believing the lies that have created this stigma surrounding cannabis. We the people need to take back our rights to this plant.

“I don’t want to use cannabis,” you might say. Fine. Why prevent others from getting the cannabis they need for medicine? I don’t drink alcohol, but I certainly don’t want to prevent you from drinking alcohol, or smoking cigarettes, even though it is probably going to kill you too. MMLM is not asking anyone to use cannabis if they don’t want to. All we are asking is that you help us stop the 80-year prohibition on a plant that can help so many people. V  Original story