From 1956, a Looney Tunes piece that ends up slipping in a plug for capitalism, “Yankee Dood It“:
After a good five minutes of goofy cartoon antics, the Shoemaker eventually pops the question:
“But I want to stay in business. How can I do it?” Whereupon the helpful elf gives him an earful of free-market know-how.
Were this cartoon made today, I fear the answer would be “give a few hundred thousand dollars to Barack Obama in the form of ‘campaign donations’ that don’t trigger the reporting requirement, don’t give your executives bonuses that are ‘too big’, and for heaven’s sake, DON’T GO TO VEGAS!”