“The respective paradigms of action are rooted in the perceptions of the structure of being,” wrote editor of the handbook, Aneta Vainė, et al. “If scarcity is only seen as something negative, all institutions that represent people will focus on ‘freeing’ them from scarcity. Unlike this line of reasoning, the work of free-market think tanks intuitively revolves around restoring an accurate understanding of scarcity and the individual’s relationship with this fact of life. Those efforts are embedded in the perception that scarcity plays a vital role as a catalyst or change and advancement; that the order we defend has not been devised by some human genius or wilful decision. It is the order encoded in the structure of being and in humanity, characterized by scarcity and people’s intrinsic power to respond to it.”
Aneta Vainė at Europe Liberty Forum 2017 with Linda Whetstone, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Atlas Network, and Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, CEO of Timbro (left to right).
LFMI’s work on scarcity was also highlighted in a recent panel at Europe Liberty Forum, where Dr. Tom Palmer interviewed Žilvinas Šilėnas and Vytautas Žukauskas, president and vice president of LFMI, respectively.
Žilvinas Šilėnas speaks during the panel on LFMI’s interdisciplinary study at Europe Liberty Forum 2017.
Žukauskas spoke to the productive power of scarcity: “Scarcity is just potentiality. It is the reason we as humans do what we do … It is inspiration to seek something better … If there was no scarcity there would be no change … Scarcity is inevitable…secondary scarcity, which is a result of human error, of human imperfection, [is not].”
Vytautas Žukauskas fields a question during the panel on LFMI’s interdisciplinary study at Europe Liberty Forum 2017.
Read Government Against Scarcity: How it Changes Who We Are
Read a synthesis of LFMI’s interdisciplinary inquiry into scarcity
Read the handbook of an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed study published last year, The Phenomenon of Scarcity: Being, Man and Community (link in Lithuanian)