A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 27, 2018
“Capitalism is controlled by an ‘invisible hand’ that gives most people the invisible finger”

The “invisible hand” over the economy is a theory of capitalism popularized by Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790). Many people, since at least the 1990s. have felt that capitalism gives them an “invisible finger” instead.

“I guess basically the invisible hand is giving us the invisible finger?” was posted on Twitter by Marcella on September 21, 2008. “Capitalism is controlled by an ‘invisible hand’ that gives most people the invisible finger” was posted on Twitter by “God” on November 24, 2013. “Capitalism is controlled by ‘the invisible hand.’ Unfortunately, it’s always giving me the invisible finger” was posted on Reddit—3amjokes on October 27, 2018.


Wikipedia: Invisible hand
The invisible hand is a term used by Adam Smith to describe the unintended social benefits of an individual’s self-interested actions. The phrase was employed by Smith with respect to income distribution (1759) and production (1776). The exact phrase is used just three times in Smith’s writings, but has come to capture his notion that individuals’ efforts to pursue their own interest may frequently benefit society more than if their actions were directly intending to benefit society. Smith may have come up with the two meanings of the phrase from Richard Cantillon who developed both economic applications in his model of the isolated estate.

Google Groups: alt.philosophy.debate
Look, here is my face
Frank T. De Angelis
3/4/98
(...)
More and more, Adam Smithąs invisible hand of capitalism seems to be more of a Marxian *invisible finger of capitalism,* with the increased drive for more markets and cheaper labor and raw materials required in a capitalist global economy.

Google Groups: sci.environment
What Evangelical Environmentalists Do Not Know About Economics
JohnAndrew
4/28/03
(...)
Obviously, none of the government laws, regulations and/or social programs adopted to address the problems above is perfect; obviously, they can be criticized from an anarchist, Marxist or rightwing libertarian perspective almost equally easily.  But without them, the “invisible hand of the market” is going to give society the “invisible finger.” As we’re probably going to discover under George Bush.

Google Groups: sci.environment
The Insanity of World Wide Fishery Policies
JohnAndrew
5/5/03
(...)
This effective LACK of property among the poor and powerless essentially contaminates the entire structure of the capitalist market, effectively alienates most people from most contact with “nature,” and often helps to insure that the “invisible hand” of the market will give everyone the invisible finger.

Twitter
Marcella
@MarcellaWC
I guess basically the invisible hand is giving us the invisible finger?
7:57 PM - 21 Sep 2008

Twitter
J҉o̸şh͠ua̧ ͟Gǫld́be̶rǵ
@wugmump
Replying to @barrythrew
@barrythrew adam smith’s invisible hand is giving you the invisible finger.
3:51 PM - 24 Apr 2009

29 February 2012, Your World with Neil Cavuto (Fox Business Network):
NEIL CAVUTO, FBN HOST: I’m not worried so much about the invisible hand but governments worldwide with the not-so-invisible finger to taxpayers.

Twitter
God
@TheTweetOfGod
Capitalism is controlled by an “invisible hand” that gives most people the invisible finger.
8:22 PM - 24 Nov 2013

Reddit—3amjokes
Capitalism is controlled by “the invisible hand.” self.3amjokes
Submitted October 27, 2018 by porichoygupto
Unfortunately, it’s always giving me the invisible finger.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Saturday, October 27, 2018 • Permalink