Markets in everything

by on September 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm in Economics, History | Permalink

Remember “Murderer’s Park”?  Wasn’t that Walter Block’s idea?  Here is the summary of a new service:

It is Las Vegas’s latest thrill: absolute beginners flying aerobatic planes in aerial dogfights

The dogfighting sequences cost $999 and up, and the full story is here (FT$).  Other links and ads for the service are here.  I would have expected this first in New Zealand.

1 prior_approval September 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

And I assume that side bets are allowed? Like how many limbs will be lost?

Every day, we seem so much closer to Roman ideals of entertainment.

2 Thor September 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

If it came down to gladiatorial combat, I would give Tyler the trident, and I would give Krugman the (safety) net.

3 srbaker September 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

This has existed for a while now in various locations around the US:


4 Mike September 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Been going on for 10+ years in the US. I still want to take a ride in a mig 29

5 Eric Crampton September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Tyler, do note that amateurs (retired farmers) here fix up old WW2 planes and fly them in complicated formation routines in our big airshow, Warbirds Over Wanaka. When Bill Dickens was here, he said that kind of formation flying was impossible in the States due to insurance; maybe that’s changed if y’all have dogfights now.

But remember that fixed costs here loom large as do thin market problems. A very small fraction of the population wants to do crazy aerial dogfights; a small fraction of the American 200m+ is bigger than a small fraction of our 4m.

6 Urstoff September 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

This private aviation team was doing formation flying at an air show I went to last weekend:

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