My Son the Natural Capitalist

Somehow at dinner time we began discussing the existence of cocoa powder and cocoa beans that grow in the rainforest (I assume this is true).  My son Andrew (age 9) announced that he would like to go into the rainforest and place a picture of himself on one of the cocoa trees in order to claim it as his own (an interesting account of how property is acquired).  After his mother informed him that there might be large snakes in the rainforest, he responded with aplomb, “That’s no problem.  I’ll just hire workers who are also explorers and they’ll travel into the forest to collect the beans for me.  Then, I can sell them and make money.”

There are no entrepreneurs or arbitrageurs in our family.  I have no idea where all this came from.