Can’t Keep Capitalism Down

There is a tought experiment propsed titled Politicians and Shopping Carts:

Imagine buying groceries in the same way that voters make political choices — that is, you would choose among large bundles of grocery items just as, in politics, you choose among candidates who are each large bundles of positions on countless issues.

You’d walk into a grocery store, on schedule, once every week or month or whatever spacing of time is mandated by the Shopping Constitution. Upon entering the store, you’d see before you only two or three shopping carts, each pre-filled with a selection of groceries. We can suppose that each cart is covered with clear, distortion-free plexiglass, allowing you to review each cart’s contents before choosing.

The answer is simple: I would choose the cart which would best let me trade with other people to get the items that I wanted. In other words, I would use it to barter what I want. You can’t take the free market out of man, because it is in our nature.

(Via Catallarchy)


  1. The Sicilian says:

    Capitalism brings out the best in people that understand how it works. It makes your mind work beyond just animal instinct. Capitalism is the result of freedom and freedom is always what you want the end result to be.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    But when you vote for a particular candidate, you can’t barter away his stances on various issues like you could with your shopping cart. And all the shopping carts seem to have pork in them. That sucks.

  3. Neil says:

    That’s why all of our candidates should be androids whose stances on issues can be traded with those of other andrios politicians around the world. Goddamn I’m sleepy.

  4. Neil says:

    That should say “android” not “andrios.” Once again — sleepy.