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The Ethics Of Halloween

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Authored by Caleb McMillan via the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

Every Halloween people are engaging in free-market anarchism whether they like it or not. To the economist, it’s clear that the child values receiving candy, even if it means dressing up in a funny or scary costume and going door-to-door, sometimes for hours, saying “trick or treat”. It’s clear that for the adults, joining in for the festive evening is valued more-so than the monetary value of the candy, or else they wouldn’t be giving it away. And some don’t. Some people, adults and children alike, shy away from Halloween night neither tricking nor treating nor allowing their homes to be used as candy repositories. Those partaking in the activity simply go about their business, ignoring the houses with the lights off. Halloween isn’t like most other market activities where exchanges can be marked in monetary value. Yet an exchange is taking place, and no aggression is required for participation or non-participation.

To the free-market anarchist, Halloween is a perfect example of a non-coercive display of voluntary goodwill. Critics of anarchism typically showcase the Hobbesian idea that without a coercive monopoly, people would rob, rape and kill one another. Yet, what is Halloween if not free-market anarchism? There is no central bureaucracy dictating what kids should dress up as, where they should go or at what time and for how long. Likewise, there are no bureaucrats telling adults what types of candy they should offer (“the Davidson’s are giving away Kit-Kats, so the Gibbons’ should offer M&Ms”).

Every Halloween any person giving away candy is an entrepreneur; the individual must decide how much candy to stock up on and how much to give away to each child. These decisions may be influenced by past experiences and future uncertainties. A neighbourhood with fewer children may warrant fewer candies, or a larger supply of individual candy units to each child. It can even be explained by marginal utility: If the supply of candy at the Davidson’s house is fixed at x, then the marginal utility of each candy unit will rise as more kids arrive and the supply dwindles. Likewise, if fewer children are visiting, the utility of each candy unit will fall, allowing the Davidson’s to give two or more units of candy away to just one child. This, of course, assumes the Davidson’s don’t want the candy for themselves. Fewer children and a large stock of candy may rest higher on their value scales than vanquishing their supply of Halloween candy by the end of night.

Halloween mirrors the principles inherent in free-market anarchism through its spontaneity. There is no fixed time when to start or stop, but clearly there are limits to when one can or can’t trick or treat. There are no candy cops, testing candy or pre-approving adults who are giving away candy. There are no licences or regulations involved with Halloween. And yet, despite some fear-mongering, the candy given away by strangers to be consumed by children is poison-free.

A dedicated Hobbesian will denounce a stateless society as unrealistic and at odds with human nature. Yet what is more unrealistic than children dressing up in costumes, visiting stranger’s doorsteps, getting free candy, and then consuming that candy without it being laced with poison. Not to mention that the ritual happens every year, without any central authority forcing it on people, without any detailed plan on who will supply candy, what types of candy, how much per household, how many kids per street at a certain time, etc, etc.

It’s clear to me that Halloween is nothing short than free-market anarchism at its best. Here is a spontaneous order of people partaking in a festive holiday without any expectation of monetary gain. Not that wealth is something to be shunned, I’m merely just pointing out that money doesn’t always buy happiness. With that said, I ask again: what is Halloween if not free-market anarchism at its best?


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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:33 | 2936169 AU5K
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By clicking on the article, I thought I was promised a bigger picture.  <sigh>

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:59 | 2936264 nonclaim
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yeah, the trick was unethical... where's the treat?!


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:08 | 2936294 Atlas_shrugging
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I’m always struck by kids who get a lot of candy and think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking kids out there.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:44 | 2936377 Zer0head
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For years the house has gone dark on this night as I stood at the window peering through the blinds until the last begger left the area.


This year Ms. Head said Zer0, lets turn the lights on and do it, you're trying to get some stuff thru town council, what harm could it do spending $15 on some mini mars bars.


So at 5pm I went in search of treats but all I could find was $2 candy bars at the local 711 equiv so I bought a shit load of them.


15 kids showed up  so now I got $80 worth of  Snickers, ButterFinger, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars etc. stuffed in my brief case as ms. Zer0 would throw me out the back door if she knew I spent more than a hundred bucks to try and buy favor with the neighbors.

Never fcking again

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:10 | 2936462 smlbizman
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if i want to read articles ill get a playboy......

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:13 | 2936468 DoChenRollingBearing
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FOFOA.  Meeting.  Doctor.  165 lbs.  Sword & Scream!  Ceviche.  What does it all mean?  AN AWESOME Halloween!

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:48 | 2936754 willwork4food
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Have not spent a dime...i don't know whats wrong. I dress up in a nice deep dark rain coat w/nothing on to greet them and for some reason they just scream and go away.

Must be a modern Halloween version.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:08 | 2936455 prains
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stealing candy from kids has no relation to paying taxes, if this was the case me putting a bullet in your skull has no relation to murder

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:28 | 2936721 Matt
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How is rebalancing the amount of candies the children got, so they each had more similar amounts, not the same as taxing one person and giving the other person a subsidy?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:32 | 2936731 donsluck
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Absolutely, let's end all oil patch tax breaks and simply let poor kids starve.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:42 | 2936745 akak
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Non sequitur much?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 06:53 | 2936923 Kiwi Pete
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It would have been more realistic if they'd taken the candy out of the kids bags with almost none and given it to the kids who already had more than enough.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:07 | 2936293 SafelyGraze
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her name is "Candy", by the way

or "Candi" .. with a heart over the i

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:12 | 2936307 fuu
Thu, 11/01/2012 - 07:31 | 2936967 earnulf
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Nice Highlander touch there fuu

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 09:06 | 2937179 fuu
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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:02 | 2936276 CPL
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Google images--> search "slutty nurse halloween"--> ???--> profit.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:31 | 2936359 Ms. Erable
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I junked you because I can never unsee that.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:47 | 2936403 Ms. Erable
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Nope, not gonna fall for it again. Better luck next thread, you farging icehole!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:52 | 2936560 CPL
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Best place to file internet complaints can be found as a PDF on this page.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 07:47 | 2937006 creonnoir
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A fellow Canuck business associate showed that to me, so very very wrong...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:54 | 2936562 CPL
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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:18 | 2936281 SafelyGraze
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I'm never very sure what kinds of candy, and in what quantity, to give.

federal regulations would be very helpful by providing uniformity and establishing norms for this annual event. 

likewise for gifts exchanged at christmas.

the public should be required to conduct its halloween and christmas related activities at government sites such as social security offices, so that Officials could monitor, regulate, and record these gifts.

actually, I just give out toothpaste and tell kids to "be sure to floss" and "listen to your teachers" and "eat your vegetables"

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:21 | 2936337 akak
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And the children, of course, are obligated by law to declare the net value of their Halloween candy collections on their annual 1040 income tax form, under "miscellaneous income in kind".

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:50 | 2936759 willwork4food
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REallY. Can we take this off our TAxes??

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 08:09 | 2937048 Freewheelin Franklin
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All of the children in each community should have to place all of the candy that they received into a pile. That pile can then be equally distributed to all of the children.


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:38 | 2936380 Unwashed
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The model is Irina Voronina.

She was Playboy Playmate of the month for January 2001.

Hwr twitter page:

Ms. Voronina can also be found on LifeClip, a new photo-sharing app for iPhone/Ipad:

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:18 | 2936481 Unwashed
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All Right, here's a youtube slide show featuring Irina Voronina

You guys might enjoy it. sorta Banzai-esque, but without his panache:

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:32 | 2936733 Cathartes Aura
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lots of treats being offered for ZH kids tonight. . .

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:39 | 2936386 Buck Johnson
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No kidding, I was hoping for a big pic also.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 05:21 | 2936879 Offthebeach
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1. Where is AnAmerican?

2. You didn't eat that.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:31 | 2936170 ziggy59
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How much for the Trick?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:46 | 2936223 kaiserhoff
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Have you ever noticed that, given any excuse, half the chicks will dress like hookers?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:06 | 2936286 SilverRhino
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For which I say thank God or whoever or whatever is bringing out their inner slut.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:15 | 2936319 Angus McHugepenis
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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:12 | 2936309 Angus McHugepenis
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I hope that's not a complaint?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:32 | 2936173 Dre4dwolf
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The best days used to be when 1~2$ would actually buy you something, I remember going around and collecting bags of coins + candy.... went home usually ended up with like 50$ in quarters.


Now that 50$ wouldn't even get you anything nice, + no one gives$$ anymore , all you get is shit candy - corns, I feel bad for this generation of trick-or-treaters they aren't getting the full experience.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:55 | 2936249 Manthong
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Prior to the Great Society, a Trick or Treater could roam most any street, alley, apartment building corridor or gangway in the City of Chicago with little to no concern  for their safety.

We have come a long way since those times.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:00 | 2936266 Big Corked Boots
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Where the fuck did you go trick-or-treatin', Greenwich? I was lucky if I got fifty cents.

Of course, I'm probably older than you... I have to pay about $6 now for the quarters I spent as a kid. 

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:54 | 2936418 tip e. canoe
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yeah, but were yours made of silver?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:37 | 2936191 blindman
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i don't know about all this but for every
treat there was to be a prayer for a soul
in purgatory; that is what i tell the children
at the door. peace

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:02 | 2936685 Schmuck Raker
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You must be pretty popular.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:40 | 2936192 Wakanda
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By the end of the night, I could often guess which houses gave great treats by decorations, lighting, neighborhood.  It was something of an anarchistic sociological experiment in the 'burbs where I grew up.  The energy was often charged when there were lots of kids on the streets running from house to house in the dark.  Fun!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:38 | 2936193 Dr. Richard Head
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The terrorist hate us for our free market Halloween.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:39 | 2936195 dick cheneys ghost
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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:39 | 2936199 nmewn
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Wait a minute...I think I know that nurse!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:42 | 2936208 Wakanda
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Does she kiss it and make it all better?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:44 | 2936212 Misean
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She caused a spontaeneous response in me...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:45 | 2936217 kaiserhoff
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Always works for me;)

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:44 | 2936214 kaiserhoff
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We all do.  That's Nurse Goodbody.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:49 | 2936226 Wakanda
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Are you sure?  I thought that was Nurse Greatbody.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:46 | 2936222 Misean
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Haven't seen a trick-or treater in a decade or more. Gov't and media F.U.D. has destroyed it.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:47 | 2936225 Yen Cross
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 If I turn my monitor upside-down, will she undress?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:50 | 2936236 Wakanda
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Not until you email her your credit card number.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:55 | 2936252 kaiserhoff
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OMFG.  A winner.  Hey Tylers.  We know how you can make this wheezer a success!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:26 | 2936498 tom a taxpayer
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No, but a beautful blizzard of snow will fall from her skirt.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:48 | 2936232 buzzsaw99
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The little snickers used to be bigger and cost much less. Inflation bitchez.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:57 | 2936257 Dr. Engali
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It's funny you said that. My 10 year old was going through his candy and he pulled out a Kit Kat, his favorite, he said " What the heck? These used to be a lot bigger". Pretty much sums it up.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:10 | 2936301 buzzsaw99
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We give out 2-3 at a time to make up for the smallness. Candy is getting expensive though, there are only two other lights on that I can see on my street. The kids really have to cover some ground to get a bag full. When we were kids the whole neighborhoods were lit up.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:13 | 2936313 Dr. Engali
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We did the same thing. I felt like a cheapskate giving the kids two of those tiny things, but you're right it is expensive.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:20 | 2936334 buzzsaw99
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The worst part for me is that usually not enough kids come by and I end up eating much of it myself. If some bigger kids show up late I may give them everything I have left so I won't be tempted.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:44 | 2936397 youngman
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tomorrow go to the grocery store....they will be on sale big your heart out....and your kidneys..and your blood sugar...but man I love a Kit Kat

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:13 | 2936466 takinthehighway
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In my prime trick or treat years, we lived in an 800 unit apartment complex.

The crappier candies lasted until Christmas.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:12 | 2936598 ebear
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"there are only two other lights on that I can see on my street."

That's because the adults stole Halloween!

of course I use the term "adults" loosely...

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 04:17 | 2936857 OldPhart
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Homesites here are a minimum of one acre. Kids REALLY have to hike. Most pop in and out of the car, though a few came by on bikes. And then every other house these days is still vacant...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:53 | 2936242 booboo
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Great night to dress up as a cop and get free donuts.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:07 | 2936290 kaiserhoff
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I usually go as a priest, and sell absolutions.

Seriously, if you want to see how kinky the chicks really are...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:56 | 2936253 drexlraw
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hay market candy riots? ;)

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:14 | 2936316 Urban Redneck
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How do the Freaknight Fires fit into this anarchist free-market Halloween paradigm?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:28 | 2936348 akak
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"Voluntaristic urban renewal".

And by the way, it is called "Devil's Night", and it has already passed, being the night BEFORE Halloween.  Only an idiot would waste valuable trick-or-treating time in vandalism and arson --- or waste valuable vandalism and arson time on trick-or-treating, as the case may be.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:31 | 2936361 Urban Redneck
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Only been a few years away from the US and I'm already forgetting the language,  but the slackers seem to be coming up short in their volunteering, or at least failing to keep up with the growth of urban stock in need of renewal

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 20:58 | 2936262 lynnybee
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oh yes, the days of running the streets like a wild kid.   once a year, we would run the streets & it was the most wonderful time.   when i was a kid, there were no rules, no beggar's nights, no time limits.    we went out for the BIG SCORE !  the FULL-SIZE candy bars, the nickles & quarters & football cards & bubble gum dropped into our bags.    & when it was all done, we'd spread it all out on the floor & divide it into gums & chocolates & hard candies & money.     you are right, Halloween for kids nowadays is limited & controlled.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:17 | 2936325 dark pools of soros
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and they hand out yogurt, celery and nutrition fact packs

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:29 | 2936626 Orly
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No lie.  My kid gets in the car and I says, "Hey, how'd you make out?"  She dead-panned, "Somebody gave me a toothbrush."


Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:13 | 2936700 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Damet! That does it! Next year the porch light goes on and I'm handing out packs of bubble gum cigarettes.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:42 | 2936744 Cathartes Aura
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remember how when you blew through them, a bit of powdered sugar "smoke" came out?

get yer orders in before they pull the interwebs down. . .

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 15:50 | 2938643 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Cathartes Aura asked re bubble gum cigarettes:

remember how when you blew through them, a bit of powdered sugar "smoke" came out?

Indeed I do, and it was great fun. Contrary to the creeping protect-the-cheeldrenism which, if I recall correctly, began to emerge in the mid 1970s, bubble gum cigarettes did not induce me to begin smoking real cigarettes. I might also point out that the lack of availability of bubble gum reefers in the late 1970s did not deter my friends and I from spending our lunch money on weed.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:00 | 2936265 fuu
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Helloooo nu...umm wtf?!?

Damn you von Mises.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:00 | 2936268 Dr. Engali
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Halloween is still pretty fun around here..the government hasn't tried to screw it up. We have a great turn out and I have to give kuddos to the local government because they do a good job supporting the festivities.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:05 | 2936279 fonzannoon
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Today blew my mind doc. I live in a good neighborhood. But we had no power. One neighborhood would be totally lit up with kids trick or treating right next to another neighborhood pitch black with no one around. Surreal.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:11 | 2936306 Dr. Engali
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That had to be weird for sure. It's good the had it though...might lift the spirits a bit.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:15 | 2936322 fonzannoon
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Yeah I hear you. I am alright. A bit stir crazy, but okay. Maybe you can understand this, and probably a lot of other people on here too....but, I have kind of been preparing for this scenario for a long time now. Except I did not think it would be weather related. So to see what I am seeing and confirm that things can in fact deteriorate, is really weird. The idea that 2 weeks from now it will be back to normal and I will be sitting there waiting for the other shoe to drop is just so damn strange....

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:20 | 2936336 Dr. Engali
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I was wondering about that. I't's probably a good trial run( as miserable as it may be) to see where you're strengths and your weeknesses are in your preperations. It might help serve to convince the wife that you are indeed sane prepping for events like this.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:29 | 2936353 fonzannoon
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I am a realist. This opened my eyes. I won't be sticking around when this happens on a prolonged basis. It's all good. I try not to wallow in the misery, I just want to learn as much as I can. There is no escaping the dependancy here. I have to sit back now and figure out what exactly the plan is. This happening was a positive. By the way I hae not seen RSloane post but I did not have her pegged as being anywhere near this mess. Maybe I was wrong...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:03 | 2936278 seek
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Full size image for those of you looking for it after the click:

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:11 | 2936304 Wakanda
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That's a stethoscope!  If she takes my pulse it will damage her ear drums.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:10 | 2936696 Sockeye
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Thank you!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:05 | 2936280 LeisureSmith
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Bullshit article for a bullshit running around in poisonous costumes asking for poisonous candy spontaneously? I call shenanigans. Happy Halloween errbody.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:08 | 2936295 laserjock
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Stop conflating free market activities with anarchy. It is not anarchy.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:10 | 2936302 akak
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Had my son go out last Halloween as Obama, but after his 14th razor blade-studded apple and cyanide-laced Pixie Stick, he decided to call it quits.

"I didn't poison that candy --- somebody else did that."

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 01:10 | 2936784 Orly
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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:13 | 2936314 dark pools of soros
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lots of rugrats in my neighborhood..  the greediest were 5 little 'cowgirls' that went two fisting into the candy bin..  all of them..  candy flying around on the ground..  hope they alll grow up to marry bankers


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:26 | 2936350 Saro
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Yeah, I had a half-dozen show up in one group.  Each one took a handful, and I was shocked at just how much candy the hand of a 5-year old can grip.  

They nearly cleaned me out!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:15 | 2936321 Segestan
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Dud needs to get out sometime. Go trick or treating with the little ones and shut-up. You'll live longer.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:26 | 2936351 dermus
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Halloween is NOT free-market anarchism. If you get robbed while out, the police are called. If your house is robbed, the police are called. You don't call your gang-leader to go "negociate" with the other person's gang-leader.

Freaking anarcho-nonsense.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:47 | 2936369 akak
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That was the single most stupid comment I have read on this site since AnAnonymous last posted ---- and even then, you are giving him a real run for his Chinese 'american' US Citizenism money.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:23 | 2936493 Manipuflation
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LOL.  akak, I have seen a lot your retorts to "AnAnonymous".  You do always speak the truth on the following matter:


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:27 | 2936619 akak
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Like I always say, the nature of Chinese Citizenismistic roadside crapology is eternal.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:27 | 2936718 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Chinese citizenism algebraic coconutism will make that endeavor an assured thing.

That horse runs far faster than any other horse.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:41 | 2936743 akak
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Indeed you speak the mattering thing, the crustiest bit of it.

Smithian horse runningism is typcial of US 'american' citizenism economics.

US 'american' middle class consumptionalism runs faster than the Chinese pony, though, so let them run ...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:29 | 2936354 adr
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Halloween gives me the freedom to give the ghetto trash that took the bus to my neighborhood since "black people give shit candy" one piece of candy corn, while the kids I know live in my town get at least two kitkats or Reese's Cups. If the kid says "thank you" they get another piece tossed to them.

If I can't stop the ghetto trash from voting ten times in the election, I can make sure part of their trip for Halloween was worthless.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:47 | 2936752 Cathartes Aura
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jeez dude, have a wank to your thread eye candy & call it a night. . .

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:30 | 2936358 Unwashed
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The costume model on the main page is Irina Voronina.

She was Playboy Playmate of the month for January 2001.

Hwr twitter page:

Ms. Voronina can also be found on LifeClip, a new photo-sharing app for iPhone/Ipad:

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:19 | 2936486 Unwashed
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All Right, here's a youtube slide show featuring Irina Voronina

You guys might enjoy it. sorta Banzai-esque,

but without his panache, skill or insight:

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:49 | 2936757 Cathartes Aura
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I take it you are paid by the (multiple) post(s).

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 02:59 | 2936836 Unwashed
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Haha, nah.
Been a member here for a year, rarely post.

Just thought if Tyler used Voronina's image without compensation,
He wouldn't mind a little active free market anarchy in the comment section.

She's a good kid, too.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:26 | 2938287 Cathartes Aura
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heh, lots of older, unused posters showing up lately. . . wonder what that portends. . .

good retort, though you might reconsider calling the woman pictured a "kid" - y'know, for the avoidance of confusing mental memes. . .

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 16:33 | 2938788 Unwashed
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I understand your skepticism, but this topic was a bit frivolous from the start.

I read zerohedge a few times a week. Still don't who is on the buy side of Facebook's 50 million/day volume.

This thread has moved far down the list so this post shouldn't be construed as anything but a confusing mental meme. :-)



Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:39 | 2936384 Essential Nexus
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This article is wrong.  Halloween is not an example of anarchism.  The totality of the Halloween events are based on the expectation that if there was a robbery etc., the government would have a reasonably high chance of rectifying the situation.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:45 | 2936400 10mm
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Halloween.That shit still happening?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:48 | 2936405 Downtoolong
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Halloween always was and still is one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, it was also an investment lesson for me. It was a harbinger of things to come. I used to save my candy for months, trying to make the joy of having it and eating it last. Eventually I discovered that some of the candy I got didn’t hold its value that well. It turned to crap after about three months and left a bad taste in my mouth. It was usually the shit I got from Blankfein house.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:14 | 2936470 Manipuflation
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Candy does not store well does it?  We could have never hoped to receive the amount of candy that kids do these days.  +1 for being a youthful miser.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:50 | 2936410 youngman
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I remember in my Iowa Neighborhood......a man had a bonfire and you cooked your own hot dogs...another worked for Wonder bakery and he gave out little loaves of bread..really cool....they were 3 inches mom gave out donuts....i think so the leftovers my dad would eat....and the usual candies...

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:58 | 2936430 Manipuflation
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Iowa?  Independent thought AND a caucus system?  Ha, clearly much more dangerous than Iran.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 21:58 | 2936431 brown_hornet
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Mrs. Hornet and I had to go to our kids house to view their kids t or t. so we left a bowl out on the front porch mostly filled with kit kats and snickers.  When we got home, the bowl was about as full as when we left, with all three musketeers. Now that's an example of anarcho-capitalism if I ever saw one.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:23 | 2936491 David Wooten
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"To the free-market anarchist, Halloween is a perfect example of a non-coercive display of voluntary goodwill."


Voluntary?  Halloween candy is extorted by the threat of a 'trick' if the little vigilante doesn't receive his or her 'treat'.  Yes, they're only children but they will grow up some day and, a few days after Halloween during even-numbered years, they will go to the polls to vote for a politician who promises to do their trick-or-treating for them - at the expense of taxpayers.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:34 | 2936516 ebworthen
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Nurse!?  Nurse!?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 22:58 | 2936571 Jim in MN
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Miss Irina also appears in this educational film, Piranha 3DD:

Happy Halloween you useless fucking anarchists or anarchist-haters.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:07 | 2936590 AUD
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Fuck this Halloween shit. Though if it was this Miss Irina I could probably get used to it. As long as she's the one giving the treats, not expecting them.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:19 | 2936593 DaveA
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Since 1968, street protests have been a sacred ritual of France's youth culture. Then a few years ago, a protest was attacked by Arab thugs, stealing stuff but also breaking noses and smashing cell phones just for fun. Next time the white kids held a protest march, they were surrounded by a protective ring of riot police and armored vehicles, and they looked ridiculous.

Same thing happened to Halloween. It used to be a time for juvenile mischief-making, but parents today, who grew up in the 80's watching slasher movies and sensational reports of child abduction, insist on accompanying their kids everywhere. Might as well just stay home.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:38 | 2936649 Cold Grub
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Halloween is now for weenies. When I was a kid you could fire off as much fireworks as you could carry. Unsupervised , not even

one comment about hurting yourself. Those were the days that  natural selection applied. No nanny state all worried about the size

of your Big Gulp  or if you were wearing a helmet.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:41 | 2936654 Nehweh Gahnin
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Great piece Caleb McMillan.  My first thought upon reading it was"obviously."  But then I looked at the comments and thought about most people I know, and I guess not.

You do realize, I'm sure, that Halloween is a Pagan holiday.  If it is Pagan, it is "anarchist."  We will all get to look at that way very much more closely soon, which is what I think your point was, in a sense.  (I think you wrote it as a "should" piece, rather than an "is" piece.)

I'm already doing a lot of that though.  Tonight, I didn't feel like doing Halloween at alll.   So what did I do?  I dressed up as Darth Vader and took 3 gallons of homemade stew and decorations to the local homeless shelter with friends and gave those kids a Halloween.  Then I came home and handed out candy, and read this.  Turned out to be a damned fine Halloween.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:46 | 2936664 tennisfan2
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wheres the picture? lol

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:00 | 2936684 Jim in MN
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I always thought of Halloween as a tiny reenactment of the original Hobbesian bargain: create a social contract, or else.  Trick or treat.  The grownups picked 'treat' 98% of the time.  Hence, society reigns.  Is it coercion?  It is PLAY coercion.

The real crime on Halloween is not explaining it to the kids.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:45 | 2936749 Clowns on Acid
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What are you dressed up as tonite Jim ?

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 05:39 | 2936892 Peterus
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Here you can opt out. Just don't go, or don't open.

Try opting out of "social contract". If you don't open the door to the tax collector they will kick this door in and drag you out to a cage.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:08 | 2936690 kedi
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To me Halloween is a bit like paying my taxes. When I was a child I benefitted from Halloween. Now I am paying into Halloween to keep a thing that I received benefit from going, though I will not benefit from it again, other than a few smiles from seeing cute costumes and smiles.

As the years go by I see fewer folks giving and fewer going out to receive. Also various systems being put into place to keep the children safe from the strangers in their own neighborhoods. Though children have always been safe on that night, the media and urban legends being the scariest things about Halloween.

It almost seems like Christmas is steamrolling over Halloween. The buildup starts before the end of October now. The stress being instilled ever sooner. A bag of candy that requires actual walking around seems not worth it when the riches of Xmas await just round the corner, delivered to you as per order.

Sad. Halloween is so simple and fun by comparison. Grab a bunch of candy, answer the door for a few hours. Dress up and get to walk about with the parents, siblings or friends, seeing all the other costumes. It dies a little more every year. Christmas grows into an ever more gigantic beast. Christmas is scary. It is hard. I like Halloween.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:10 | 2936693 williambanzai7
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I am surprised that the author does not mention that in North America, Halloween is first and foremost a big business for the candy companies and the made in China decoration business, not a pagan ritual.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 01:00 | 2936768 Cathartes Aura
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. . . always get a smile when I hear of people taking their costumed children to their church for All Hallows Eve trick 'n' treating. . .

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 05:24 | 2936883 Peterus
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But what difference does it make that people voluntarily spend a lot? If they had all the candy hand-made and used up their labor and not thier dollars for preparations, would there be anything chanded from perspective of economy? I guess it would be cooler and less "commercial" but this is esthetics.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 00:16 | 2936704 Schmuck Raker
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Halloween isn't scary anymore, Election Day is scary.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 03:00 | 2936837 ejhickey
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because the Walking Dead are running for office

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 03:39 | 2936847 AnAnonymous
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Made me laugh. 'Americans' have gone blind to one of their major additions to humanity: marketing.
Here is a spontaneous order of people partaking in a festive holiday without any expectation of monetary gain.

Halloween is as spontaneous as a staged event can be.

In an 'american' country so overwhelmed by Christianity as the US is, here you get a pagan holiday that has been turned in such a commercial feast that 'americans' can not turn down the huge boost to consumption that goes with it.

Piling on marketing effects for decades is probably what 'americans' consider as spontaneous.

Beside a fantastic marketing success, Halloween as celebrated in 'american' countries is another huge display of this other 'american' feature: communaulism ('american' communauty spirit) and the will that inhabit 'americans' to make the wealth circulate among a selective few.

When they are part of the communauty pushing up for that goal, 'americans' usually call that communauty spirit. When they are not part of the communauty, 'americans' call that crony capitalism. Go figure.

'Americanism' is as 'american' does.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 04:11 | 2936852 akak
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New Year's Day is as spontaneous as a staged event can be.

In a 'chinese' country so overwhelmed by materialism as China is, here you get a minor, nominal holiday that has been turned in such a commercial feast that Chinese Citizenism citizens can not turn down the huge boost to consumption that goes with it --- as perfectly symbolized by the burning of "ghost money" for the dead, and at times the burning of real currency in a shocking display of mindless destruction.

Piling on traditional roadside defecatory effects for millenia is probably what Chinese Citizenism citizens consider as socially beneficial and productive --- and as spontaneous as animals.

Beside a fantastic marketing success, Chinese New Year as celebrated in Chinese Citizenism countries is another huge display of this other Chinese Citizenism feature: communaughtyism (Chinese Citizenism public roadside shitting spirit) and the will that inhabit Chinese Citizenism citizens to make the roadside filth circulate among a nonselective many.

When they are part of the communaughty pushing up for that goal, Chinese Citizenism citizens usually call that communaughty spirit. When they are not part of the communaughty, non-Chinese call that unhygienic defecationalism. Go figure.

Chinese Citizenism is as roadside anal sphincterism does.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 04:59 | 2936869 Intoxicologist
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Halloween used to be fun, when I was little.  One year, my sister and I were Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole.  We'd haul in some loot, and I don't think my parents ever hovered over us to go door to door.  We didn't even care so much about the candy - we just liked dressing up and the whole ritual of the thing.  Times past...

I don't like the greedy in kids I see nowdays.  I have busser stories from work that would make you all want to smack your head against a wall repeatedly. 

Halloween is a nonevent for me now, as it has been the last 12 years.  I live on 70 acres in the middle of nowhere, so I don't worry about doling out candy or getting my house egged.  I got two big dogs that would deter tricksters, if they had any ambition to even come out here.

Tonight, me and the cook from work sat in the garage and drank beer and smoked cigarettes and talked smart while the dogs slept peacefully nearby.

Happy Halloween, bitchez.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 06:08 | 2936901 Henry Chinaski
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Halloween was fun.  My daughter carved a pumpkin just before showtime.  We don't get many kids because the lots on my street are large and there are easier pickings nearby in a newer development of smaller upscale family homes. I was amazed that my son and his buddies dressed up and went trick or treating as they are high-school seniors.  One of his friends, a Romanian immigrant, put it simply.  "Why not? What could be better than seeing the neighbors and getting a ton of free candy?"  They are good kids and have enough sense to stay out of trouble and my liquor cabinet.  Good for them.   

The worst part about it is now Christmas is ON.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 08:12 | 2937053 Freewheelin Franklin
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The article didn't mention that it is the parents and the people of the community, in general, who voluntarily provide the "policing" of the activities.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 08:52 | 2937148 toomanyfakecons...
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That's the same kind of ethical "policing" that would occur spontaneously/voluntarily after a natural disaster or other breakdown of law and order. Yes, Halloween is a shining example of personal responsibility and civic duty. I see no lack of freedom-minded volunteers to help police things once we arrest all the bankster-politicians and put a torch the the U.S. Corporation.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 08:19 | 2937070 Aegelis
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The house = government, the trick-or-treaters = people.  People beg the government and get free hand outs while offering nothing but looking silly and dependence on malnourishment.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 10:23 | 2937396 Monk
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Halloween is more of consumerism.



Thu, 11/01/2012 - 14:58 | 2938389 Random_Robert
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You didn't earn that candy...


Someone else made that happen

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