Giving Thanks for Capitalism and Market Basket Chicken

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Giving Thanks for Capitalism and Market Basket Chicken

Mayim Bia­lik not with­stand­ing there is a lot to be Thank­ful for this Thanks­giv­ing for Amer­i­cans and those lucky enough to come here. And one of the things we have to be thank­ful for is Cap­i­tal­ism per­fectly Illus­trated by of all things rotis­serie chick­ens sold by Mar­ket Bas­ket stores.

If you go to any Mar­ket Bas­ket you will find rotis­serie chick­ens for sale. At the one clos­est to my house you can either buy a small chicken for $4.69 or a Per­due giant Roaster for $8.99 fully cooked and ready to eat.

The small chicken can feed two peo­ple easy and the big one can han­dle a fam­ily of four with no trouble.

Now you might be think­ing: “Dat­e­chguy, so what? It’s a Rotis­serie chicken, big deal!” To that I say: Yes it is!

Con­sider that for most of human his­tory the vast major­ity of mankind has lived hand to mouth. Even if you had good soil and ample water to grow crops you were one bad storm, one turn of the weather or one barbarian/​bandit raid away from starvation.

Peas­ant: He never steals all our food. He leaves us enough to go on with. That’s something.

The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven 1960

And even if you had access to food, unless you lived near the wilder­ness meat was a big luxury

Sir William: It may inter­est you to know that I’ve just been down in the kitchens. Do you know what our min­ions were feast­ing on, broth! And do you know what was in the broth, meat, MEAT!

His Lady: They have to put some­thing in the broth.

Sir William: But not meat! Do you know the price of beef in Not­ting­ham? It’s eat­ing money!

The Adven­tures of Robin Hood The Miser 1956

And if you were poor or a com­mon per­son you were happy enough to get a meal, any meal.

Sarah Jane Smith: Is all this for Iron­gron?
Meg: Him and his cham­ber guard.
Sarah Jane Smith: How many’s that?
Meg: Half a dozen. You’re full of ques­tions, girl.
Sarah Jane Smith: Don’t the guards on the gate get stew?
MEG: What, meat for those com­mon crea­tures? I should say not. They’ll have oat­meal the same as the rest of us, and lusty enough they are on that

Doc­tor Who The Time War­rior 1973

This has been the norm for most of human history.

Yet here in the west in gen­eral and the United States in par­tic­u­lar this is not the case.

Con­sider, in Mass­a­chu­setts the Min­i­mum wage is $11 an hour while in the coun­try as a whole said wage is $7.25 an hour, while Mar­ket Bas­ket sells those chick­ens for $4.65 for the small and $8.99 for the huge Per­due roaster.

What does that mean, it means this:

If you are a per­son with­out edu­ca­tion, with­out skills and only able to get a job doing sim­ple man­ual labor. For the price of not even a sin­gle hour of labor you can afford a meal of fresh meat fully cooked, and if you have a fam­ily you can even afford the big roaster (although if you are from out of state you might have to work a full 90 min­utes to afford the Per­due model bird) to feed your entire fam­ily for the day.

That sen­tence alone is incred­i­ble in human his­tory but there is an even big­ger sig­nif­i­cance to it.

Not only is the poor per­son able to afford that chicken but the Mar­ket Bas­ket chain is able to sell them that chicken while still man­ag­ing to pay:

The employ­ees who cooked wrapped and put out the chick­ens for sale
The truck­ers who deliver the chick­ens
The farm­ers who pro­duced the chickens

and Still make a profit!

That is the result of cap­i­tal­ism, and free­dom. Cap­i­tal­ism, a sys­tem that allows and pro­vides a reward for a per­son seek­ing to make a profit from their labors and a gov­ern­ment free enough to allow this sys­tem to work. It’s the com­bi­na­tion of cap­i­tal­ism and the free­doms pro­vided by west­ern civ­i­liza­tion in gen­eral and the United States in par­tic­u­lar that allow this sys­tem to work.

It’s also why so regard­less of how the aca­d­e­mic left, the media and the pro­fes­sional left keep decry­ing the west as awful and cap­i­tal­ism as an evil repres­sive scourge, real peo­ple who know real repres­sion and real hunger all over the world do all they can to get to the west in gen­eral and the US in par­tic­u­lar, because they under­stand this under­ly­ing truth.

The only rea­son why so many in Amer­ica have the lux­ury of pro­fess­ing social­ism is because they live in a cap­i­tal­is­tic soci­ety that keeps them fed

because if they lived under the Venezue­lan social­ism that they so often espouse they’d be too busy try­ing to find food to pro­claim how awe­some social­ism is.

I’ll leave you with these two tweets. Kevin D Williamson who is a pretty bright fel­low tweeted this out last week in response to a map show­ing that half the coun­try lived in blue urban islands.

He’s close but not quite.

That’s the mir­a­cle of Amer­i­can free­dom and Cap­i­tal­ism. It means that mil­lions of folks like myself are fed because our Cap­i­tal­is­tic sys­tem not only pro­vides enough profit for oth­ers to make a liv­ing pro­duc­ing the food we need instead of hav­ing to grow it or hunt it our­selves but it pro­vides a huge sur­plus that is given away to the poor all over the world, more­over it con­tin­ues to pro­vide incen­tives to drive peo­ple to do it bet­ter and cheaper every sin­gle day.

Cap­i­tal­ism as prac­ticed in the US makes this anom­aly of human his­tory not only pos­si­ble but so com­mon that most peo­ple who are fed this way rarely if ever reflect on it.

If that’s not some­thing to be thank­ful for I’d like to know what is?


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Mayim Bialik not withstanding there is a lot to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving for Americans and those lucky enough to come here. And one of the things we have to be thankful for is Capitalism perfectly Illustrated by of all things rotisserie chickens sold by Market Basket stores.

If you go to any Market Basket you will find rotisserie chickens for sale. At the one closest to my house you can either buy a small chicken for $4.69 or a Perdue giant Roaster for $8.99 fully cooked and ready to eat.

The small chicken can feed two people easy and the big one can handle a family of four with no trouble.

Now you might be thinking: “Datechguy, so what? It’s a Rotisserie chicken, big deal!” To that I say: Yes it is!

Consider that for most of human history the vast majority of mankind has lived hand to mouth.  Even if you had good soil and ample water to grow crops you were one bad storm, one turn of the weather or one barbarian/bandit raid away from starvation.

Peasant:  He never steals all our food.  He leaves us enough to go on with.  That’s something.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

And even if you had access to food, unless you lived near the wilderness meat was a big luxury

Sir William: It may interest you to know that I’ve just been down in the kitchens. Do you know what our minions were feasting on, broth! And do you know what was in the broth, meat, MEAT!

His Lady: They have to put something in the broth.

Sir William: But not meat! Do you know the price of beef in Nottingham? It’s eating money!

The Adventures of Robin Hood The Miser 1956

And if you were poor or a common person you were happy enough to get a meal, any meal.

Sarah Jane Smith: Is all this for Irongron?
Meg: Him and his chamber guard.
Sarah Jane Smith: How many’s that?
Meg: Half a dozen. You’re full of questions, girl.
Sarah Jane Smith: Don’t the guards on the gate get stew?
MEG: What, meat for those common creatures? I should say not. They’ll have oatmeal the same as the rest of us, and lusty enough they are on that

Doctor Who The Time Warrior 1973

This has been the norm for most of human history.

Yet here in the west in general and the United States in particular this is not the case.

Consider, in Massachusetts the Minimum wage is $11 an hour while in the country as a whole said wage is $7.25 an hour, while Market Basket sells those chickens for $4.65 for the small and $8.99 for the huge Perdue roaster.

What does that mean, it means this:

If you are a person without education, without skills and only able to get a job doing simple manual labor.  For the price of not even a single hour of labor you can afford a meal of fresh meat fully cooked, and if you have a family you can even afford the big roaster (although if you are from out of state you might have to work a full 90 minutes to afford the Perdue model bird) to feed your entire family for the day.

That sentence alone is incredible in human history but there is an even bigger significance to it.

Not only is the poor person able to afford that chicken but the Market Basket chain is able to sell them that chicken while still managing to pay:

The employees who cooked wrapped and put out the chickens for sale
The truckers who deliver the chickens
The farmers who produced the chickens

and Still make a profit!

That is the result of capitalism, and freedom.  Capitalism, a system that allows and provides a reward for a person seeking to make a profit from their labors and a government free enough to allow this system to work.  It’s the combination of capitalism and the freedoms provided by western civilization in general and the United States in particular that allow this system to work.

It’s also why so regardless of how the academic left, the media and the professional left keep decrying the west as awful and capitalism as an evil repressive scourge, real people who know real repression and real hunger all over the world do all they can to get to the west in general and the US in particular, because they understand this underlying truth.

The only reason why so many in America have the luxury of professing socialism is because they live in a capitalistic society that keeps them fed 

because if they lived under the Venezuelan socialism that they so often espouse they’d be too busy trying to find food to proclaim how awesome socialism is.

I’ll leave you with these two tweets.  Kevin D Williamson who is a pretty bright fellow tweeted this out last week in response to a map showing that half the country lived in blue urban islands.

He’s close but not quite.

That’s the miracle of American freedom and Capitalism. It means that millions of folks like myself are fed because our Capitalistic system not only provides enough profit for others to make a living producing the food we need instead of having to grow it or hunt it ourselves but it provides a huge surplus that is given away to the poor all over the world, moreover it continues to provide incentives to drive people to do it better and cheaper every single day.

Capitalism as practiced in the US makes this anomaly of human history not only possible but so common that most people who are fed this way rarely if ever reflect on it.

If that’s not something to be thankful for I’d like to know what is?


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