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Covers many things we still deal with today.

I’d laugh more, but The People’s Cube is predicting the future.  The beginning of the piece is about how the author moved from the former USSR to the US, and how the jokes didn’t translate because of the wild differences between the US and the USSR.  I studied the former Soviet Union in college, and many of my professors and instructors had lived under the USSR’s rule and managed to escape one way or another.  The “great ideas” of communism and socialism are reprehensible, and a turn away from self-reliant liberty back to the thousands of years of human history in which man has lived subjugated by tyrannical rulers and governments.  It is very sobering to realize that we live today in an anomaly, where the mass of men are for the most part free… for now.

With our fundamental transformation firmly underway, things are beginning to change, and the jokes are beginning to fit.

Old Soviet Jokes become the new American reality

The six contradictions of socialism in the USSR

  • There is no unemployment – yet no one is working.
  • No one is working – yet the factory quotas are fulfilled.
  • The factory quotas are fulfilled – yet the stores have nothing to sell.
  • The stores have nothing to sell – yet people’s homes are full of stuff.
  • People’s homes are full of stuff – yet no one is happy.
  • No one is happy – yet the voting is always unanimous.

Already in America I discovered that most of my old Soviet jokes didn’t work in translation. It wasn’t so much the language difference as the fact that Americans had no first-hand knowledge of a totalitarian government, ideological uniformity, and shameless propaganda.

But that is changing. The more America “progresses” back to the Soviet model, the more translatable the old Soviet jokes become.

Let’s see how an old Soviet joke can be rewritten into a new American joke.

The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America

  • America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
  • Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
  • They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
  • Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
  • The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
  • They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

There’s more where it came from – or where we’re going, whichever the case may be.

The six contradictions are worth re-reading, as the whole post and the whole thread are also very worth reading.

A few others are less funny as they become truer:

“Thanks to Obama we have all the clean energy we need!”
“Yes, but now we have no electricity or gasoline.”

These videos aren’t on the People’s Cube post, but should be:

Update:  I just spent an hour or so reading a lot of Soviet/FSU/USSR jokes and stumbled on this one, from “Russian and Ukranian Jokes in English“:

- Why do authorities in United States respect their people?
- Because their people can easily and legally buy fire-arms.

It’s perhaps the only heartening thing in the entire slew of jokes that are otherwise depressing, and given that it’s the emergency last-ditch dump-the-warp-core option, it’s not very cheery either.

The Little Red Hen

Posted: June 14, 2011 by ShortTimer in Atlas Shrugged, Economics, Philosophy, Reagan

The Little Red Hen

In the version of the story that was read to me as a child, the little red hen baked bread, and when it was finished, she ate it with her hatchling chicks – it took the aspect of a hard-working family vs greedy, lazy recipient-class society.  It always seemed sad that the other animals didn’t recognize that all they had to do was assist her in her enterprise and they’d find themselves reaping the benefits of their combined efforts.  The story above is much kinder to the other animals in that regard, showing that they’d learned the value of work by seeing the product of labor and thus desiring it for themselves.

The Modern Version

Without force to seize the little red hen’s work, the moral stands.  But when the little red hen has the products of her labor seized, she can either work for increasingly diminishing returns as more and more animals live off the resources extracted from her labor, or she could take Francisco d’Anconia’s advice and… shrug.

>Take the ten minutes to listen to words that sound like they were spoken yesterday, not in 1961:

Change the names of the Congressmen to Pelosi, Reid, Slaughter, Waxman, Obama, and it’s the same push for socialism then as is today.

Except today, the Congressmen don’t bother writing back. They’ll just do what they want, because they’ve decided they’re the ruling class.

And the media lapdogs play along.