Most requested Christmas gifts of 1913 vs. 2013 prove capitalism works

Oh how times have changed. On radio this morning, Pat and Stu looked at a list of the most requested Christmas gifts of 1913 compared to the most requested of 2013. Looking at the two lists, one thing becomes clear: Capitalism really works.

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To start, take a look at the MyHeritage list of the most commonly requested presents from a century years ago:

  1. Candy
  2. Nuts
  3. Rocking horse
  4. Doll
  5. Mittens/gloves
  6. Toy train
  7. Oranges
  8. Books
  9. Handkerchiefs
  10. Skates

“No PlayStations, and no $400 gifts,” Stu observed. “That wasn’t what you did. You got something that you kind of wanted.”

Now take a look at the items topping the 2013 lists:

  1. Furby Boom
  2. Teksta Robotic puppy
  3. LeapPad Ultra
  4. Flying Fairy
  5. Bug Hugs Elmo
  6. Barbie Dream house
  7. Giggly Monkey
  8. Nerf Gun
  9. Ninja Turtles
  10. Lego

While times, tastes, and technology has obviously changed over the last 100 years, Pat could not help but point out the endorsement these lists provide for capitalism.

“And what you can get from this is, oh, capitalism works,” Pat explained. “Yeah, capitalism has worked. I mean, I don’t care what you want to babble about your income inequality, the disparity, the gap between the rich and poor. The fact is our society is amazing. And even the poor here are not poor compared to what we used to be before capitalism fixed things.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, capitalism works, which is one reason the unstable lunatics of the left are determined to ensure it ends once and for all.

    They believe all must ‘share in the pain, share in the misery.’

  • landofaahs

    Since it’s the Federal Reserve’s 100th birthday this year about getting rid of it. It’s an old relic that should have never been made and has destroyed our currency.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Capitalism rocks.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Books are on my list still.

  • Anonymous

    And when Obozo says that we should spread the wealth around he doesn’t mean rich Americans need to give more to the poorer Americans-he means–
    AMERICA NEEDS TO PAY “HER” FAIR SHARE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD!!!
    He’s NOT an American–never was–never will be–wasn’t raised with our core values or our dedication to hard work and self reliance! He was raised by communists and didn’t step foot in America until around 10 yrs. of age when his mother dropped him off at communists grandpa and grandma’s house in Hawaii then didn’t come to the main land until he was 17 so he could be mentored by the biggest commie of all Frank Marshall Daivs who introduced him to people like good ole domestic terrorist Bill Ayres and company!! And on and on———so no–he doesn’t think like us because he wasn’t brought up as one of us!

  • Anonymous

    RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!! AND LET’S HAVE AN AUDIT WHILE WE’RE AT IT!!!!!!

  • landofaahs

    Everything made in 1913 was made in America, everything made in the 2013 list was probably made in China. Evidently Santa outsourced his shop from the North Pole to China because the elves joined a union and now his elves have funny looking eyes.

  • landofaahs

    If only Obama’s papa had worn rubbers, then maybe we would have been spared some of this heart ache. Or maybe Hillary would have won anyway. Maybe God wanted us to suffer for our sins either through Hillary or Obama.

  • Anonymous

    I can identify everything in the 1913 list. I have no idea what most of the 2013 list is, and I don’t think I want to know. Lego, Ninja turtles (ugh!), and Nerf gun I can figure out. The rest I’ll bet is just junk; it’ll be in a trash can before the end of February.

    Capitalism is just what we do economically, the way we trade our labors for the fruits of someone else’s. It’s efficient. But it doesn’t have taste worth a Sh*t.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I was going to say – the 2013 list may be more advanced but I bet the doll, the train and the rocking horse were much higher quality than the junky ones that come from China today. I bet the candy, oranges and nuts tasted better as well. So it’s something of a trade-off. Not that I’d want to go back to 1913 for anything but it’s not as cut and dried as they’re making it.

  • Anonymous

    That doesn’t prove capitalism works at all. You don’t think kids had as much fun with a toy train as they do with a ‘flying fairy’? If anything, I think the 1913 list is better. It’s more humble and more real. Books vs Barbie Dream House. Skates vs Giggly Monkey.

  • Glennpatandstufan

    My top two Christmas gifts this year is 1- MMs chocolate candybar 2-Candied almonds (the cinnamon kind). I guess I am a little old school.

  • BlueMN

    The part of capitalism that “worked” was the constant bombardment of advertisements, especially on TV, aimed at kids by corporations to consume their products. Kids would probably be better off if what they wanted were books, dolls, and toy trains instead of PlayStations and $400 gifts.

    What “fixed things” was “Progressive Era” education in the US. In 1910 about 9% of people were high school graduates, by 1940 that had grown to 50%. Higher education leads to better jobs and higher incomes. No other country in the world had been that aggressive in trying to educate as many of it’s people as it could during that time.

  • Marcos

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  • Bill Tilghman

    Your argument ignores the global nature of the economy. In order to compete in the market, all of the, “pay the workers less and less, replacing them with machines or outsourcing their jobs to places where the people are paid even less, or reducing the quality of their products to reduce costs.”, things you listed, were made necessary by the globalization of the markets that has occurred at the hands of progressive politics.

    It is simply the result of demand for affordable goods that has driven the evolution of the markets toward the current state of economic development the world is in. The capitalists simply had to follow the course set forth by the progressive politics that the world is run by in order to stay viable and in business. Many of today’s high technology devices simply would not exist if the labor costs had not been lowered. Remember the IBM PC? In 1982 they sold for $5,000.00 because they were made in America. Even then, many of the internal components were sourced outside the US. Now, machines that exceed the capability of those early computers by a factor of 100 or more cost one twentieth the retail price of the originals.

    It is all a matter of market demand and meeting that demand. People want things, and the only way we have to meet that demand is to go outside the US to cheaper and cheaper labor markets to provide the market with what is being demanded.

    We can’t cut the costs of raw materials enough to make this work, a fact that was recognized decades ago, and the only place left to reduce costs and provide the market with goods that were reasonably affordable by most people was to cut labor costs.

  • Bill Tilghman

    They can keep their pain and misery. I like my life the way it is.

  • Anonymous

    How is it our public education system is performing so poorly then? In the late 70s they “re-centered” SAT scores (ie: everyone was scoring lower, so rather than face this, they modified it so that what would have been a 900 became a 1000. So the kid who was 10% worse than the guy 5 years earlier now looks like he’s right on track. Not sure if they’ve extended this, but the fact is, our education system is not doing well now

  • Anonymous

    Go for the dark chocolate, then you can rationalize and say it is for the antioxidents.

  • Watch it

    The left is big on “you share your wealth with us, we share our failure with you”.

  • Watch it

    Nail on the head !

  • Bill Tilghman

    Thanks! :)

  • BlueMN

    NAFTA and other trade agreements which reduced government restrictions on trade are progressive now too? How come I only saw leftist groups protesting against the WTO?

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  • Stephan Bruno

    When I hear Glenn’s goons talk about how it was back in the day all I hear is this:

    Do you remember a time when chocolate chips came fresh from the oven? Pepperidge Farm remembers. Do you remember a time when women couldn’t vote and certain people weren’t allowed on golf courses? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

  • MisterBee

    I remember a day when communist just STFU.

  • MisterBee

    “The part of capitalism that “worked” was the constant bombardment of
    advertisements, especially on TV, aimed at kids by corporations to
    consume their products.” Karl Marx had a similar view of capitalism in that consumption was really an artificial creation of the ‘burgoise’.

  • MisterBee

    The point was was that the things we want improved over time which is what we call ‘progress’.

  • MisterBee

    Full blown communist idiot!

  • MisterBee

    I thought china was awesome because they were communist? Why did you change your mind all of a sudden.

  • landofaahs

    You have never heard of comparative advantage or productivity gains then huh? You seem to think of an economy as a single pie to be divided up rather then an economy where many pies are being made. As far as being replaced with machines, I guess that those who used to use stone axes to chop wood with would have complained about a steel ax. Productivity helps bring lower priced goods for all. I guess we should get rid of all machines and start walking wherever we go.

  • fire lion

    lol is this the evidence that capitalism works?

    A mere 100 years? look at the oceans : choked with pollution and dead zones where all marine life die

    Look at the nations. All armed with nukes the earth ready to die at any second

    Look at your list, all of that is made in CHINA. A COMMUNIST COUNTRY.

    Look like communism is winning, they own all of our debt and continue to make everything for a country being killed by capitalism. THE IRONY

    All that junk is the pinnacle of capitalism. 100 years lololololol even Rome lasted longer. EMPIRES FOUNDED ON GREED WILL FALL>

  • Thomas Davenport

    US Union elves have nothing to do with the outsourcing…Santa got greedy and decided he could pay Chinese and Mexican elves 3 cents an hour…then keep his profits in tax shelters in the Carribean.

  • Thomas Davenport

    and what exactly are you typing this ^^^^ weblog comment on Gary? A wooden rocking horse?

  • Thomas Davenport

    But what did we want before man invented Christmas?