Fish and the free market

What’s in it for you if you teach him
to fish? Wasted energy, effort,
time –
and in the end, fewer fish.

Give him the fish – not a
large one; but tell him it is
the nicest, juiciest one of the lot.

And wait…

When he comes back, he’ll ask you:
“How do I fish? I want to eat for life.”
“Fishing isn’t for you
mate, come back tomorrow
if you want another fish.”

Don’t go there tomorrow.

Juicy one for him the next day, but
a little smaller.

And wait…

By the end, you’ll have a starving man
who thinks he’s got the best fish.

And you’ll have all the fish.