Friday, March 07, 2008

A Little Humour About the Invisible Hand

In the comment's sections on an earlier post there is a small exchange showing the correspondent reader has a sense of humour about the invisible hand. I though many may have missed it, so I reproduce it here for your amusment:

"'Smith's Markets Were Not Led by Invisible Hands'


"Thomas said...
Oh, come now. It is obvious that there is a special consideration in WoN for truckers. This highly quotable Invisible Hand was so invisible ... you know the rest. If there was a corresponding invisible hand for the Police, would it be more difficult to stop traffic?

Austin, Texas

4:54 AM

Gavin Kennedy said...
I like your approach to humour and economics.


11:58 AM

Thomas said...
Zen Koan: What is the sound of one invisible hand clapping?

I discovered one profound answer to the koan in it's original form and find that deep thought on my version will lead to a renewed Smithian enlightenment. You, sir are supplying a demonstration of the answer nearly every time some fine individual abuses the meaning and context of AS's IH.

Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.

Casablanca (1942)"

Thanks due to 'Thomas'.


Blogger Thomas said...

Thanks, Gavin. You made my day. Har dee har har.
I also do birthday parties and Economic Symposiums.

7:11 pm  

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