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Some of history’s most famous economists are exactly like Pokémon, and here’s 10 sure-fire reasons why

Charmander is obviously Karl Marx in disguise. Pikachu is clearly a Keynesian. Magnemite and Adam Smith both have invisible hands. It all makes sense!

Pokémon Go is out.  Nintendo's share price shot up by 25 percent, which is a big deal and all, but all I could think about was the fact that so many of the Pokémon characters bear an uncanny resemblance to some of history's most famous economists. Here's why:

1. Magnemite and Adam Smith

Magnemite and Adam Smith

If you've never heard of Adam Smith, he's kind of like the grandfather of economics. He famously described the free market as being like an 'invisible hand', which I'm thinking sounds a bit like the invisible force of magnetism. Coincidence? I think not.

2. Pikachu and John Maynard Keynes

Pikachu and John Maynard Keynes

The original superstar economist, the original superstar Pokémon. Yes, Keynes was arguably the most influential economist of the 20th century. The parallels with Pikachu are unquestionable.

3. Poliwrath and Hyman Minsky

Poliwrath and Hyman Minsky

Hyman Minsky became famous after the 2008 financial crash. His theories on the cyclical nature of crises cemented him as a modern day great. Poliwrath has a cyclical pattern on his stomach. That's it really.

4. Machop and Susan George

Machop and Susan George

Fierce critic of the World Bank and IMF, Susan George fights hard for what she believes in. Just like Machop. And whether they're battling welfare cuts or Pikachu, both pack a serious punch.

5. Charmander and Karl Marx

Charmander and Karl Marx

One’s known for his fiery tale, the other for his fiery rhetoric. Karl Marx is linked with Communism, Labour, Trade Unions, Socialism - and they’re all associated with the colour red. When I think of red I think of fire, and what Pokémon comes to mind? None other than fiery Charmander. Pokémon of the world unite.

6. Butterfree and Milton Friedman

Butterfree and Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman’s love of the free-market is well known. Strongly influenced by Adam Smith's idea of the 'invisible hand', Friedman was a massive influence on the economics of both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, which makes him a massive influence on the world we live in today. Butter-free-market anyone? No? Just me then.

7. Tentacruel and Ha-Joon Chang

Tentacruel and Ha-Joon Chang

Just as Tentacruel has many different tentacles, one of my favourite economists, Ha-Joon Chang, believes that economics should include many different schools of thought, and not just the free-market model that dominates today.

8. Psyduck and Daniel Kahneman

Psyduck and Daniel Kahneman

Both are all about the psychology. One of them won a Nobel Prize, I challenge you to guess which! Daniel Kahneman was recently voted seventh most influential economist in the world. This is down to his work combining psychology and economics. Psyduck has psychic powers, which is kind of the same thing.

9. Meowth and Dambisa Moyo

Meowth and Dambisa Moyo

A well-known public speaker, Moyo travels around the world talking about the issue of development in Africa. Meowth, is the only Pokemon that can speak. No more to be said.

10. Mewtwo and Amartya Sen

Mewtwo and Amartya Sen

Both heavyweights of their respective games. One changed the way we think about economic development. The other appeared at the end of the Pokemon movie. Both were epic, but Sen won a Nobel Prize.

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  • ClawV23

    So they’re more or less becoming homeless on purpose and taking advantage of people’s kindness? That’s very disappointing, I’ve always imagined myself walking on the path of the monk but my idea of a modern monk was to achieve a level of independence at which I can grow my own food on a piece of land I own, make my own hemp clothes and live in a small log cabin somewhere outside civilization instead of begging people for a bowl of food.