Saturday, June 28, 2008

Politics Explained

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 of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes
them and put them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They 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 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 have two cows. Your neighbors help you take
care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of
them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both
of them 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.

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.

LIBERTARIAN/ANARCHO-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.

(Original source unknown . . . this version expanded and Illuminated by SJ.)

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