Given the way most Americans live--in single-family homes, often with significant amounts of space between them--it takes a lot of resources, labor, and customer time to complete the final mile of a delivery marathon. Distributions gets progressively more challenging, and less efficient, the closer you get to the customer and the more individualized the service is. It's hard to get economies of scale. In my small cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut, I can watch a series of delivery trucks (from the Postal Service, UPS, Federal Express) roll through over the course of the day, often delivering only a single package to a single home. And as they go about their rounds, delivery people have to grapple with traffic, accidents, the need to fuel up, and roadwork.
Friedman and Hayek put much more emphasis on making the case for free markets, whereas Buchanan's distinctive mission was to make a case against government. He said we should think of politicians, elected officials, as seeking their own self-interest in re-election. And that's why they'll make multiple costly promises to multiple constituencies, because they won't have to pay for it. And he would say agency officials--say, an official at the EPA--would just keep trying to expand the agency, because that would expand their power and resources.
It's perhaps no surprise that Marvel is not doling out much in the way of plot in the ramp-up for Avengers: Endgame. The latest trailer, like the one before it, leans heavy on sad heroes promising vague action. But what it does have? The lack of anything approaching a spoiler makes sense. Avengers: Endgame represents the culmination of 11 years of orchestration across 21 films.
A new trailer for Avengers: Endgame has premiered and the Marvel heroes are gearing up for a showdown with Thanos. The trailer is light on plot but gives fans just enough of a hint on what to expect from Marvel's next big blockbuster. There are new team members, new outfits and perhaps most important of all - new haircuts. It's the end of a chapter for Marvel, bringing to a close characters and plots that began in Iron Man in 2008. So after more than ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) - and with previous films breaking box office records, expectations are high for Endgame.
If you don't have time to binge 21 Marvel films, take 90 seconds to learn how we got to "Avengers: Endgame." If you are among the millions of fans pumped about "Avengers Endgame," stop what you're doing and head to Google search. That's where you'll find a fun treat hidden in search results when you type "Thanos," the primary villain in the series of films part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After you type "Thanos," you'll reach results which include the Infinity Gauntlet, a golden glove with gems, sitting on the right side of the page. When you click on it, the gauntlet snaps its fingers and half of the search results disappear.