Easy Differences: Fascism, Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, Anarchism…

Unlike some of the indoctrinated students and liberal adults of today, Baby Boomers learned much about life from truthful newspapers and journalists. Back in the day, Dear Abby and Ann Landers (twin rival sisters) were among the most reliable advice columnists in syndicated print media.

Some say this Ann Landers response was the most accurate and succinct explanation of the differences between the “-isms.”

Dear Ann Landers:

I am an inner city English teacher, and my students are reading George Orwell’s “1984.” I am having a difficult time explaining communism, socialism and fascism to my students without giving a full-blown, time-consuming history lesson.

I recall you printed a humorous column some time ago explaining these concepts using cows as examples. Will you please print it again for my students? I’m sure it will kick-start a lively class discussion. I’d appreciate your help. — A Teacher in Mississippi

Dear Mississippi Teacher:
Thank you for asking. It’s an “oldie,” but a “goldie.” Here it is:

Socialism:You have two cows. Give one cow to your neighbor.

Communism:You have two cows. Give both cows to the government, and they may give you some of the milk.

Fascism:You have two cows. You give all of the milk to the government, and the government sells it.

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

Anarchism:You have two cows. Keep both of the cows, shoot the government agent and steal another cow.

Capitalism:You have two cows. Sell one cow and buy a bull.

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


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  1. Please submit an article surrounding the fact that the United States of America, Inc is in fact a corporation– a de facto government which is now bankrupt and out of business. Censorship and gaslighting are the orders of the new administrations’ day. Did YOU notice the placement of the Maritime Flags behind Biden as he signed his first executive orders?? They were not visible. This can be easily missed but just as easily compared to every U.S president before Biden when those flags were always visible AND REPRESENTING business as usual. Maybe Trump can’t vouch for a closed business, and mainstream is feasting on his absence. Maybe the reason those gates are around the White House is the same as the reason why the gates were CLOSED at Buckingham Palace. All smoke and mirrors perhaps. The flags behind so called President Biden is representing the current state of the U.S. Looks mighty odd. Anywho– we’re all looking forward to Trump being inaugurated as the President of the Republic in March 2021.

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  2. Capitalism: You have two cows. Sell a cow & buy a bull. A bull costs 3 times the price of cow. The farmer takes out a bank loan to cover the difference. The dairy starts buying cheaper milk from China, so the price the farmer gets for milk doesn’t cover the cost of feed and the loan payment. The farmer defaults on the loan and the bank repossess and sells off the livestock (bull, cow & 2 calves). With no income, the farmer is forced to sell the farm. The farm is bought by a large corporate agribusiness, owned by a Wall St. hedge fund, which rakes in government subsidies and hires undocumented workers to work the farm at below minimum wage. The farmer gets a job at Walmart and relies on food stamps to get by.

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