Politics Made Simple

Feudalism: You have two cows.  Your lord takes some of the milk.

Pure Socialism: You have two cows.  The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows.  You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you a glass of milk.

Bureaucratic Socialism:  Your cows are cared for by ex-chicken farmers.  You have to take care of the chickens the  government took from the chicken farmers.  The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you should need.

Fascism: You have two cows.  The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

Pure Communism: You share two cows with your neighbors.  You and your neighbors bicker about who has the most “ability” and who has the most “need”.  Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop dead of starvation.

Russian Communism: You have two cows.  You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.  You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the black market.

Perestroika: You have two cows.  You have to take care of them, but the Mafia takes all the milk.  You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the “free” market.

Cambodian Communism: You have two cows.  The government takes both and shoots you.

Dictatorship: You have two cows.  The government takes both and drafts you.

Pure Democracy: You have two cows.  Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

Representative Democracy: You have two cows.  Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

Bureaucracy: You have two cows.  At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them.  Then it pays you not to milk them.  Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain.  Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

Capitalism: You don’t have any cows.  The bank will not lend you money to buy cows, because you don’t have any cows to put up as collateral.

Pure Anarchy: You have two cows.  Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

Anarchy-Capitalism: You have two cows.  You sell one and buy a bull.

Surrealism: You have two giraffes.  The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

Olympics-ism: You have two cows, one American, one Chinese.  With the help of trilling violins and state of the art montage photography, John Tesh narrates the moving tale of how the American cow overcame the agony of growing up   in a  suburb with (gasp) divorced parents, then mentions in passing that the Chinese cow was beaten every day by a tyrannical farmer and watched its parents butchered before its eyes.  The American cow wins the competition,  severely spraining an udder in a gritty performance, and gets a  multi-million dollar contract to endorse Wheaties.  The Chinese cow is led  out of the arena and shot by Chinese government officials, though no one  ever hears about it.   McDonald’s buys the meat and serves it hot and fast  at its Beijing restaurant.


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