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Does freedom of choice actually hinder rather than help us?

June 22, 2011

 

RSA Animate - The Paradox of Choice

 

In the words of the classic troll, “I’ll just leave this here”…

Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

I’ve always loved the presentation of these whiteboard-animated lectures, though most of the economics pieces are predictably anti-producer/business/etc. I though this one in particular about “choice” might spark some interesting debate among the Austrians.

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