Young “Cupcake” Capitalists’ Innocent Fight for Economic Freedom
By simply selling $1 dollar cupcakes in the park, these boys innocently represent Atlas’ fight for economic freedom.
They are called “young entrepreneurs”- and rightfully so- by the American media. Perhaps that label is just one of the consolations they got after their small ‘informal’ business was shut down by the city police for failure to secure a permit.
These very young businessmen, 13-year-olds Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff from Chappaqua, N.Y., have become unwitting heroes of small business after having tasted the creeping fascism in America. By simply selling $1 dollar cupcakes in the park, these boys innocently represent Atlas’ fight for economic freedom.
They’re no ordinary entrepreneurs except for the fact that they should be spending their kid’s life playing in the park instead of selling brownies and cookies, at least according to the teachings of our liberal and socialist intellectuals. Like grownup businessmen, these 13-year-olds also wanted to earn money and make a living.
Graffs says, “We wanted to earn money to buy a hot dog cart or a food truck. That’s why we were selling cupcakes in the park.”
Just like grownup entrepreneurs, these kids also had a big idea. They wanted to make money. They saw an opportunity in the Gedney Park, located near the boy’s homes, and they conceptualized a business plan.
“Our friend Zach had gone to look at trampolines with his family one day when he saw a hot dog cart. So he had the idea that could save up to get a hot dog cart and make a lot of money like those people in New York City,” DeMarchis tells ParentDish.
After getting done with their business plan they were ready to start their business, which they did. Their venture proved to be a great success, as they earned $120 in sales for selling homemade cupcakes, Rice Krispies treats, brownies and cookies for $1 each during their first day.
However, these boys were not aware how business is done in the world of grownups. There need to be regulations and controls, at least according to adult statist politicians who believe they have a duty to protect us against ourselves. So when a local politician, New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn, a democrat, caught these 13-year-olds violating adult rules, he called the police to shut them up.
Based on the mentality of Wolfensohn and his fellow statist politicians, these kids need to follow the rules imposed in the adult world. They believe that it is their duty to babysit their constituents—that they should run people’s lives— and that they should impose controls for the welfare of everybody or for the greater good.
These young entrepreneurs need to learn their lesson, as they failed to abide by the rules imposed in the adult world:
- they need to pay a minimum of $175 for a two-hour vending permit;
- they need to provide the city with a $1 million certificate of insurance.
Is this not a good way of killing the dreams of young entrepreneurs? With that kind of adult rules, I believe the state is trying to prevent the propagation of small businesses.
This “cupcake” incident clearly demonstrates how government regulations create cartels and monopolies, and cause joblessness and dependency on the state.
What’s the lesson of this story? It tells us that the only source of wealth is man’s mind—that state controls and regulations operate as moratorium on brains. We have to use our mind whenever we elect our politicians. Election is a cerebral process. If we keep electing statist, socialist or neo-fascist politicians, we have only ourselves to blame when their statist policies begin to destroy our lives and freedom.