A Very, Very Short Course in Understanding Capitalism
by David Sims
IN YEARS ending in 1, raise the price of a loaf of bread.
In years ending in 2, cheapen the ingredients. For example, increase the sawdust in the dough from 1% to 2%.
In years ending in 3, decrease the length of loaves by 5 millimeters (and slice the bread thinner to keep the number of slices the same as before).
In years ending in 4, decrease the cross-section of the slices by 1 square centimeter.
In years ending in 5, bake the bread in such a way as to increase the size of the holes in the slices.
In years ending in 6, raise the price of a loaf of bread…
And so on.
However, in all the bread commercials on television, always show a loaf of bread as it was made 50 years ago.
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