Cleaned by Capitalism XXI

by Don Boudreaux on April 16, 2012

in Cleaned by Capitalism

This photo is of an ordinary plastic freezer bag.

Bags such as these are abundantly available, very inexpensively, at any American supermarket.  This one has a handy tab that slides to ensure that the contents of the bag are sealed airtight.  This bag is yet another of the countless, now-ordinary (but historically highly unusual) ways in which we in our daily lives are spared from pollutants (in this case, chiefly bacteria) that harassed and often killed our pre-industrial ancestors – that is, this mundane-to-us plastic freezer bag is yet another of the ways in which our lives are cleaned by capitalism.


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