There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff – we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.
If everyone who saw this today donated $5, we would meet our goal for 2021.
| Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.|
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with !
Conservapedia:The Invisible Hand of Marriage
According to Andrew Schlafly, The Invisible Hand of Marriage is a magic productivity booster that only kicks in after the marriage of a man and a woman. Children are optional, but recommended.
Adam Smith and how he got it all wrong
But before we explore the magic, more advertising! How awesome is The Invisible Hand of Marriage? Pretty damn awesome. Even more awesome than Adam Smith's Invisible Hand ("in a free market, an individual pursuing his own self-interest tends to also promote the good of his community as a whole"). In fact, Andy claimsimg that Smith got it wrong in the front page "broken news" section of
his blog Conservapedia. The Invisible Hand isn't driven by self-interest, but marriage!
What makes the Invisible Hand of Marriage so awesome?
Some "key elements" include:
- the powerful incentive to work for the benefit of someone else who needs your efforts, such as a spouse or child
- Note that this is radically different than working for the benefit of someone else who needs your efforts in the form of helping friends, working with or donating to charity, etc. Why so, you ask? Well, you're not married to those people and thus can't profit from The Invisible Hand of Marriage, duh.
- the checks and balances against unproductive activity, anxiety, depression and addiction, from the very different perspectives of a man and a woman
- It should be noted that marriage is already the second miracle cure Andy suggested against anxiety, depression and addiction. The first one was Conservative Valuesimg. Aside from the implied "men and women are radically different" claim (Andy likes to point out that girls are bad at mathimg and stuff), we once again run into the magic factor of marriage. A man and a woman living together (without marrying) for several years will not have these checks and balances. Why not? See above, they aren't guided by The Hand.
- the insights and wisdom that result from complementary outlooks by a man and woman in marriage
- Really, marriage is awesome. Apparently, the fact that you're married completely transforms your entire life. For the first time, you will realize that the [person of the other gender] at your side has other views than you!
- a division of labor that enables each spouse to work on what he or she does best
- How often do we have to say it? Marriage = Win. Without marriage, you would be unproductive, and your work would be filled with redundancies. You would do the dishes, and whoever shares the flat with you would do them again! Only marriage will erase these communication flaws!
But... what about gay marriage?
So, marriage is absolutely awesome. Really, it's like Enlightenment In A Can, with an extra dose of Productivity Juice! But of course, there's a catch. It'll only work when a man and a woman do it. Because, let's face it, if you're a guy, then another guy will never be able to offer insight or an alternative view, share your workload, be there for you when you're depressed, and so on. It just... doesn't work. In fact, here's what Andy Schlafly, self-appointed expert and creator of this term has to say:
“”Same-sex "marriage" is a recipe for unproductive activity, anxiety, depression and addiction, without the enormously beneficial checks and balances provided by true marriage.
See? That should be proof enough! Andy said it, so there.
Acceptance of the term by The Internet
When he created the entry, Andy quickly pointed out that:
“”When this entry was generated here, a Google search on "invisible hand of marriage" did not find a single reference on the Internet
Yes, that means that the term hadn't even been used on CP before. Meaning that before Andy
decided to make stuff up had this insight, nobody on planet Earth had been aware of the positive effects of marriage!
However, not even one day later, Google had a result for the term. Hooray! And the result was... "Conservapedia:What is going on at CP?"
Never before had it been this simple to find RationalWiki, based on a Conservapedia article. Thank you, Mr. Schlafly. Thank you kindly.
- See the Wikipedia article on Invisible hand.
- They apparently can't put air in their tires, either... at least not in their 6 inch heels in minis
- assuming you are of the female gender
- unless you are of the male gender, in which case two straight male roommates would simply never do the dishes
- It's Kathleen Parker / Andy Schlafly, so technically still a group with Schlafly's involvement (them).