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Posted 1/29/17
I am aware that the citizen in US know too little about Capitalism despite its relevance to their lives. As a result, I make this discussion to encourage people to learn more about Capitalism and the invisible hand. I had already wrote a story called "Fall of Utopia Fantasy" to (sort of) promote the Capitalist culture and explain its relation to the current age of globalization. The object of this discussion is to bring your own story idea or artwork to help explain some aspects of Capitalism. I will start with an example:

Shrine of the Invisible Hand

Genre: comedy, episodic, slice of life, fantasy

To regain devoted followers, the invisible hand establishes its first shrine to help the citizen learn more about the invisible hand and its cult. Four people are selected to work in the shrine and their introduction will be shown below:

The finance manager of the shrine is a disciplined serious young man who is plotting to destroy the cult from the inside.

The priestess is a young female idol who sing to the public as part of the shrine ritual. She constantly attempts to make the cult members worship her instead of the invisible hand and convert the cult into a support organization for her idol career. She is a clone of Chitose (Girlish Number).

The shrine guardian is a cute dog who is easily distracted and often run away from threats. His hobbit is eating and sleeping.

The information technology manager is an otaku girl who use the cult`s resource to sustain her otaku lifestyle. She prioritizes her entertainment over her work and constant need to be reminded to do her work.

As you can obviously see, the four chosen employees are either useless or traitorous; they all have no intention to serve the cult. However, the invisible hand will always manipulate their circumstances and put them in a situation where they end up serving the cult in one way or another. In this way, the invisible hand can show its miracle through them. Will our four employees serve the cult by the constant manipulation of the invisible hand or will they overcome the conspiracy by the invisible hand and bring the cult to its ruin?
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Posted 1/30/17 , edited 1/30/17
.........this is silly.

I think Adam Smith really didn't know what he was doing when he decided to personify market equilibrium as a force, or an invisible hand. It isn't an actor. it's just... what happens.

"If you do this, that will happen", in a way that emphasizes that it just happens. It's not, "If you do this, they will do that," it's, "if you do this, that will happen."

If you raise the price of your coffee, the customers don't get together and all decide as a group to go to the cheaper coffee shop. No one brainwashes them to think the cheaper coffee is better. They just go, one by one.

If a product is overpriced, more people will want to sell that product, because they will realize that they can make more than they put in. So they will start lowering their prices, until the regular price comes down to something around cost. If it goes low enough that people have to struggle to make ends meet, they'll leave that industry and go to another... and the price will go back up to equilibrium.

No shady cult leader manipulation, just people doing what works for them, one by one.

You don't seem to understand it either, and describing it as a cult is just about the least productive thing.
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Posted 2/3/17

LavenderMintRose wrote:

.........this is silly.

I think Adam Smith really didn't know what he was doing when he decided to personify market equilibrium as a force, or an invisible hand. It isn't an actor. it's just... what happens.

"If you do this, that will happen", in a way that emphasizes that it just happens. It's not, "If you do this, they will do that," it's, "if you do this, that will happen."

If you raise the price of your coffee, the customers don't get together and all decide as a group to go to the cheaper coffee shop. No one brainwashes them to think the cheaper coffee is better. They just go, one by one.

If a product is overpriced, more people will want to sell that product, because they will realize that they can make more than they put in. So they will start lowering their prices, until the regular price comes down to something around cost. If it goes low enough that people have to struggle to make ends meet, they'll leave that industry and go to another... and the price will go back up to equilibrium.

No shady cult leader manipulation, just people doing what works for them, one by one.

You don't seem to understand it either, and describing it as a cult is just about the least productive thing.


You are only explaining a very specific aspects of Capitalism; you do not explain how Capitalism work as a whole.
If I elaborate more on your first example, lowing the prize of the coffee do not always have a win-win ending; it can be nicer to the customers but, if the net profit is negative, then the seller cannot investing enough funding to gather the ingredients for the coffee or to make a coffee machine.

Your second example is confusing with your wording of 'overpriced' and 'price' but I can deduct that you are referring to supply and demand. You second example does not explain how Capitalism benefit the greater good. From what I know, the demand is determined by the property owning elites who use their wealth and property investment to decide the pricing of the product. Also, the supply do not always go to the people who demand it due to the intense conflict by competition which make a person happy only when another person suffer; the demand of a third party can prevent a product from going to the customers with the most demand.
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Posted 2/26/17

sinoakayumi His hobbit is eating and sleeping.



That does sum up the hobbit lifestyle, more or less :D

That said, you have an interesting idea there. Using art to express a worldview is not unheard of, but Japan style animation is definitely new for the classical liberalism mindset.
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I will now present one of my story to describe free trade:

Scene 1

Spirited-Away Human: “Hey, you cannot spirit me away; that’s illegal!”

Yokai: “What are you saying? We are yokai who are not under the human law of your world. Also, we are conducting free trade so the law of the yokai world doesn’t apply either. To resolve any more possible legal issues, we apply for spiriting-away licenses in a shady backdoor deal with your corrupt mayor. Your mayor is a very useful person; he is so useless that he lost the support of his own citizen and now depend on our support so he is very cooperative. And don’t worry about being the only human slave; eventually, we will completely pollute your earth for economic progress and make your planet uninhabitable so all your humans will eventually sell their freedom to get survival service from our supernatural powers. This is going to be a win-win situation; your human species can survive and we can replace our high-maintenance workers with low-maintenance slaves.”

Spirited-Away Human: “How is that economic progress? It sounds more like legalized crimes.”

Yokai: “That is how the universe work; the economy can only progress when criminal investments can occur without interference from the law. If we gain more profit from the investment, then we can use the profit to make more investment.”

Spirted-Away Human: “Well at least I can be with a group of very beautiful young girls.”

Yokai: “Actually, we are embracing our secret transgender sub-culture to seduce human men; we are actually men over the age of 100. Our yokai race forbid cross-dressing but it is not a crime since no other people notice our transgression. Now that you had fallen for traps, you now lost your manliness and you will continue your future life as a cross-dressing slave with a homosexual male master.”

Spirited Away Human: "This is horrible! I am now facing the worse crisis of my life! Why do the invisible hand allow such horrible thing as abduction in free trade?"

Scene 2

*On a separate incident at a later time. The yokai now spirit away another human but something seems wrong...*

Spirited-Away Human: “What are you doing! You cannot abduct me! I am your contractor! I help you apply for your abduction license!”

Yokai: “You cannot fool me. We cannot visually distinguish between different humans but we know that our contractor belongs to the rich 1% and the rich 1% can only gain their position by their work, innovation, justice, discipline, and honesty; an alcoholic lazy dishonorable shameful multi-discriminative person like you cannot possibly be our contractor.”

Spirited-Away Human: “How did you know about my private life? Did you illegally invade my privacy?”

Yokai: “Of course we did! We are not bound to the laws of this world; we can invade the privacy of anyone in this world! We gain our impression of you through stereotypes from Disney cartoons so our impression cannot be wrong: You cannot possibly be our contractor! You are an impostor and you will be abducted!”

*And so the yokai slave traders unknowingly kidnap their own contractor…*
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Capitalist Divination
Priestess: “Invisible hand, why do you allow over-immigration in the Western nations?”

Invisible Hand: “Over-immigration is a punishment against the Western nations for living on the labor and resource of the third world. The Western Capitalists hire manipulative politicians to trick the third world government into obtaining a lot of “aids”, which are actually high-interest loans in disguise, from the Western governments so the third world governments will gather a debt that is too huge to be paid back. The Western governments then demand the third world governments to open up their country to international illegal activities like robbery, bribery, slavery, and tax evasion. For example, the third world governments can successfully stop tax heaven 50 years ago but the Capitalists establish a puppet government like NAFTA who will stop the third world government from checking on suspicions income report from the transnational corporate.”

Priestess: “Why do you allow the Populists and Socialists to gain power over the Capitalist nations.”

Invisible Hand: “It is because the Capitalists are too lazy to government themselves.”
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Looking at the Free Trade part it looks like your Capitalism religion needs some Reasonable Government Regulation to curb it's excesses. Literal unchecked Capitalism will result in child sex slaves on the open market. Then Unreasonable Mob Regulation will come into play and the result is likely to be the dark god Revolution arising.

You should consider carefully the personalities you are going to give your personifications of Market Forces, and also the reactions against them.

Also, play up the comedy a lot. This is a really weird idea (and rubs me the wrong way completely) that's going to need something to soften the chaotic impression in the viewer / reader.
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