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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Animal Farm

You've seen those humorous practical lessons in economics, describing how things work in different economic systems. You know, they all start out "You have two cows," and put some perverse spin on the operation of a farm under capitalism, communism, fascism, etc. Here's Larry Gambone's addition to the literature (ATN Discussion):


I have two cows. I get together with other farmers and buy a bull which we share. Our herds grow. Our animals are treated with ethical standards and we farm organically. We also form a cooperative to buy feed and equipment and a cooperative dairy to process the milk, make butter and ice cream and market these products. At the same time we develop a credit union which helps local people set up small cheese production as well as a host of other small spin-off industries. The American capitalists hear of our success and the US Government declares us a nest of communist terrorists in the pay of Hugo Chavez and a threat to democracy. Soon Cowntras are infiltrating our herds, poisoning the milk and murdering the calves.

And don't even think about opening a Euro-denominated milk bourse....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post remined me that the CIA bought the movie rights to Animal Farm so they could create their own perverse spin.

March 13, 2006 5:27 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Yes indeed! And some CIA/CCF shenanigans were also involved in the 1950s movie version of 1984, I believe.

Do you happen to know of any CIA involvement in that godawful Hallmark movie production in 1999? I was a raving lunatic for days after seeing it.

March 13, 2006 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I was a raving lunatic for days after seeing it." Now there's a straight line.

March 13, 2006 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if the CIA had anything to do with the Hallmark version.
While searching around I did find a posting at The Memory Hole where Russ Kick provides a listing of films that the CIA was involved with.

One I found interesting was a Mickey Mouse cartoon-Squatter's Rights. I don't believe I've seen that cartoon though.

March 14, 2006 9:22 AM  

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