Economics and Chickens

Here’s a fun one – economists answer that age old question . . .

Adam Smith – I suspect the invisible hand of the free market pushed him across.

Thomas Malthus – I don’t know but there are too many chickens

Frederic Bastiat – What can be seen is that the chicken crossed the road. What is unseen is that tariffs stopped it from crossing the road at a more advantageous location.

Karl Marx – Bourgeois thought holds that the chicken should be questioned. Only by questioning the motives of the proletariat chicken, can they determine the best way to roast it. Chickens everywhere should unite and throw off their chains. The road crossing endeavour is just the first step.

John Maynard Keynes – If the government were to build thousands of new roads, this would create a great deal of wealth as more and more chickens would be able to cross the road. We simply don’t have enough aggregate demand, and this is holding back the chicken crossing.

Ludwig von Mises – Praxeological analysis can never reveal the ends the chicken had in mind when crossing the road

Milton Friedman – The chicken was taking part in the American free market dream, we should applaud this action, the chicken is a true friend of freedom.

Murray Rothbard – It’s almost certainly the fault of the government

Ben Bernanke – If I press this button it will stimulate the egg laying rate of chickens.

Paul Krugman – If the government were to build thousands of new roads, this would create a great deal of wealth as more and more chickens would be able to cross the road. We simply don’t have enough aggregate demand, and this is holding back the chicken crossing.

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