A comic with two characters: a very simple cartoon figure, a rectangle with dots for eyes, and a very simple cartoon figure, a short, fat rectangle with dots for eyes. Character 1 says: 'So, you're an economist?' Character 2 says: 'Yes indeed.' Character 1 says: 'And your whole worldview is based on the idea that people try to get as much as possible of their favourite kinds of stuff.' Character 2 says: 'Pretty much. We like to say that people "maximize their utility".' Character 1 says: 'And capitalists use their weath to produce ever more wonderful things, to the benefit of all.' Character 2 says: 'Yup.' Character 1 says: 'But the capitalists don't just want to live comfortably and have nice things, they want to win. They want to be richer than everyone else.' Character 2 says: 'Ah, but that's the beauty of it! In order to win, they have to efficiently produce utility-maximizing goods and services. Everyone benefits!' Character 1 says: 'Hmm mmm mmm mmm... Nope. That's not how winning works.' Character 2 says: 'Um, what?' Character 1 says: 'If you want points, you try to get as many points as possible. But it you want to WIN you blaze a trail of destruction to take out the other players.' Character 2 says: 'Are you basing this analysis on your experiences of playing video games?' Character 1 says: 'Yes.' Character 2 says: 'I see. And you say you weren't even trained as a social scientist? You should write a paper!'

Winning, and economics

A comic with two characters: a very simple cartoon figure, a rectangle with dots for eyes, and a very simple cartoon figure, a short, fat rectangle with dots for eyes. Character 1 says: 'So, you're an economist?' Character 2 says: 'Yes indeed.' Character 1 says: 'And your whole worldview is based on the idea that people try to get as much as possible of their favourite kinds of stuff.' Character 2 says: 'Pretty much. We like to say that people "maximize their utility".' Character 1 says: 'And capitalists use their weath to produce ever more wonderful things, to the benefit of all.' Character 2 says: 'Yup.' Character 1 says: 'But the capitalists don't just want to live comfortably and have nice things, they want to win. They want to be richer than everyone else.' Character 2 says: 'Ah, but that's the beauty of it! In order to win, they have to efficiently produce utility-maximizing goods and services. Everyone benefits!' Character 1 says: 'Hmm mmm mmm mmm... Nope. That's not how winning works.' Character 2 says: 'Um, what?' Character 1 says: 'If you want points, you try to get as many points as possible. But it you want to WIN you blaze a trail of destruction to take out the other players.' Character 2 says: 'Are you basing this analysis on your experiences of playing video games?' Character 1 says: 'Yes.' Character 2 says: 'I see. And you say you weren't even trained as a social scientist? You should write a paper!'

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