Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Capitalist Message of Easter Egg Hunts??

Made up characters that give you free stuff if you behave yourself.

So I Googled "libertarian easter eggs." I don't know what I was hoping to find. Maybe some egg dyed bright yellow with the words "DONT TREAD ON ME" stenciled on. Or a half black, half gold anarcho-capitalist Easter egg. Or a half black, half red anarcho-communist Easter egg. Or a red, white, and blue Easter egg. Or something.

Anyway, I found this pretty cute article from Parents.com's DadaBase Blog by a libertarian dad about his two-year-old son's successful egg hunt. The dad thinks his son learned a subtle capitalist message. I don't know. I think an egg hunt is probably more mercantilist than anything. It's also definitely zero-sum.

If you want to teach the kid a capitalist message, arrange to take him on a tour of a local family farm where they actually create new eggs. Have him buy a couple with some money he made doing simple age-appropriate chores. Take them home and cook them in front of him and let him eat them, knowing that he did the labor that ultimately fed him. Production, specialization, division of labor, trade, voluntary exchange, scrambled eggs ---mmmnom nom nom nom nom.

Capitalism is tasty.