March 10th, 2011
A six year old is watching cable news with his father one day. At one point, he turns to his father and asks, “Dad, what is politics?”
Dad thinks for a moment and answers, “Well, let me try to explain it this way. I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me ‘capitalism’. Mommy is the administrator of our finances, so we’ll call her ‘government’. We’re here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you ‘the people’. The nanny, well, consider her ‘the working class’. Your baby sister has a lot of growing up to do, so we’ll call her ‘the future’. Now go think about it and see if it makes sense.
The little boy goes off to bed thinking about what his father has said. Later that night, he hears his baby sister crying and runs to her room only to find that her diapers are very soiled. So the little boy goes to his parents’ room. Mom is sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he looks through the peep-hole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed, his sister still crying.
The next morning, at breakfast, the little boy says to his father, “Dad, I think I understand what politics is now.”
“Good son, tell me what you think.”
The little boy replies, “Well, while capitalism is fucking the working class, the government is sound asleep, the people are being ignored and the future is in deep shit.”Tags: capitalism | Permalink