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Not Troubled By Ticket Website

I was dismayed to read the article in the June 4 edition of The Tech, “Ticket Trade Website Shut Down by MIT.”

Voluntary exchanges increase human welfare. No reasons were offered to show that allowing ticket sales would decrease welfare. If nobody is holding a gun to my head, how could I be worse off if I sold my tickets? The alternative is letting someone in the administration decide the worthiness of petitioners for extra tickets.

Personally, I would rather rely on free markets than centralized authority for allocation of most resources. As for limiting the use of Athena, I would be surprised if commencement ticket sales were the only monetary exchanges going on. In any case, one individual selling a personal item or a few tickets is not the same as running a business.

By the way, as the parent of a student in the Class of 2000, I would like to buy extra tickets next year.

Sherman Hanna ’68