Daily Archives: April 24, 2008

Pithy approach to political economy

A colleague sent this along.  I know it floated around Internet for awhile.

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.  The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and
then throws the
milk away…

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and
the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows…  You sell one, and force the other to produce the
milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
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Amory Lovins at PSU

Amory Lovins will speak at PSU on April 29.

He comes up in one of my favorite books- The Age of Heretics by Art Kleiner.  I use it in my Organizing Change Class.   he was a young energy policy prodigy back in the 1970s when we first dealt with energy issues as a society.

Now his expertise need is coming around again.

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