A Basic Government Lesson: Friday Humor

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

A Basic Government Lesson:  Friday Humor


I had this sent to me by a family member and just thought I would share it.  It is from an old Dear Abby post, most likely years ago.

A Basic Government Lesson:    Friday Humor

Dear  Abby  I am an English teacher and my students are reading George Orwell's 1984.  I am having a difficult time explaining communism, socialism and fascism without giving a time consuming history lesson. I recall you printed a humorous explanation of these concepts using cows.  Will you please print it again.  I'm sure it will kick start a lively class discussion.


Socialism:  You have 2 cows. Give one cow to your neighbor.

Communism: You have 2 cows. Give both cows to the government and they may give you some milk.

Fascism:  You have 2 cows.  You give all the milk to the government and they sell it.

Nazism: You have 2 cows. The government shoots you and takes both cows

Anarchism:  You have 2 cows. Keep both cows, shoot the government agent and steal another cow.

Capitalism:  You have 2 cows. Sell 1 and by a bull.


A Basic Government Lesson:    Friday Humor


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Comments (18)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good Afternoon Ed,

This is a goldie oldie.  Thank you for the Friday smile.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend. A

Jul 09, 2021 10:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ed Silva good one, Ed... I loved it!

Jul 09, 2021 11:15 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I never saw this before Ed. How true it is...and that's not a good thing! Happy Friday to you.

Jul 09, 2021 12:06 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - I kinda remember this one but as I was reading it and the explanations, I kept thinking to myself of something that might be more clever but I didn't want to steer you in the wrong direction.  Kudos to the advising twins who always seemed to have a word or two for the wise(and thankfully for those who may have been unwise as well)

Jul 09, 2021 12:48 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed this is funny, but it is pretty much on point!!!

Jul 09, 2021 01:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ed- this goldie oldie bears repeating!!! It is perfect. 

Jul 09, 2021 05:13 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Some good chuckles for this Friday afternoon.  And I belief the teacher was well armed with his next couple classes.  Mark

Jul 09, 2021 06:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Ed,  Thanks for sharing this Friday Funny - what a clever way to get the kids to understand these concepts. 

Jul 09, 2021 11:13 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The wisdom and this one is pretty awesomely off the charts! Let's do this dang thing

Jul 09, 2021 11:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Not only kids can benefit from that lesson, but some adults as well.

Jul 10, 2021 01:55 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I find it interesting that we chuckle at stuff meant to be funny but there is a lot of truth to it which makes us have to chuckle because we can't do anything about it.

Jul 10, 2021 05:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, light and lively, and a really great way to start the day -- with a chuckle! 

Jul 10, 2021 06:54 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Ed Silva now that is a government lesson that I can understand.

Jul 10, 2021 08:49 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's always good to handle the government stuff with a little bit of humor in this exact way!


Rocky Dickerson 

Jul 10, 2021 10:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this advice and for adding smiles to our faces.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jul 11, 2021 05:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Ed.

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Take care and be safe.

Jul 12, 2021 07:39 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - yes, I know that one very well.  It is worth repeating too.

Jul 12, 2021 09:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

That says it all pretty well. Dear Abby is a wise woman...this was new to me.


Jul 12, 2021 01:47 PM