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The Two Cows Theory
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:07:35 PM »
The Two Cows Theory

The Two Cows Example of Political Philosophy begins with two cows...

FEUDALISM:
You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM:
You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM:
You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and as many eggs as the regulations say you should need.

FASCISM:
You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

BUREAUCRACY:
You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE COMMUNISM:
You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

APPLIED COMMUNISM:
You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

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

MILITARIANISM:
You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY:
You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY:
You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY:
The government promises to give you two cows if you vote for it. After the election, the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures. The press dubs the affair "Cowgate".

BRITISH DEMOCRACY:
You have two cows. You feed them sheeps' brains and they go mad. The government doesn't do anything.

SINGAPOREAN DEMOCRACY:
You have two cows. The government fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals in an apartment.

ANARCHY:
You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to kill you and take the cows.

CAPITALISM:
You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

HONG KONG CAPITALISM:
You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly-listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt / equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the fung shui is bad.

ENVIRONMENTALISM:
You have two cows. The government bans you from milking or killing them.

TOTALITARIANISM:
You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:
You are associated with (the concept of "ownership" is a symbol of the phallocentric, warmongering, intolerant past) two differently-aged (but no less valuable to society) bovines of nonspecified gender.

COUNTERCULTURE:
Wow, dude, there's like... these two cows, man. You have *got* to have some of this milk. I mean totally.

SURREALISM:
You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.


Posted a) in case anyone didn't know this was a thing and b) so I have an in-house version to link to from today's Exilian Article!
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2017, 07:50:16 PM »
ngl if i had to pick one it would be





SURREALISM:
You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.



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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 09:35:48 PM »
The same.

Also, this definition of capitalism is waaaaaay off.
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 09:48:57 PM »
Yeah, I just copypasted this one as a traditional version to compare to my Ancient Greece version, I'd have had a lot of cross things to say about several of these if I tried to rewrite it!

And yes surrealism is the best.
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2018, 10:17:28 PM »
All false. There is only one cow, and his name is CG.
I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2018, 10:39:04 PM »
Aaaand now I'm wondering about writing a full Exilian version of this...
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2018, 11:06:28 PM »
There is only one cow, and his name is CG.
Done.
I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2018, 11:42:02 AM »
...I guess everyone else will have to get llamas instead.
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2018, 06:20:52 PM »
...I guess everyone else will have to get llamas instead.


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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2018, 06:25:26 PM »
...I guess everyone else will have to get llamas instead.
Or guanacos. Or alpacas. We must not let the capitalist-imperialist running dogs dictate which heroic socialist camelids we get!

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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2018, 10:33:31 PM »
Or guanacos. Or alpacas. We must not let the capitalist-imperialist running dogs dictate which heroic socialist camelids we get!

Guacamoles and the so-called alpsocks are nothing more than lies made up to destabilize the real, pure llama populations.
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2018, 10:51:11 PM »
Or guanacos. Or alpacas. We must not let the capitalist-imperialist running dogs dictate which heroic socialist camelids we get!

Guacamoles and the so-called alpsocks are nothing more than lies made up to destabilize the real, pure llama populations.

Seconded.
I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2018, 11:59:06 PM »
I wrote the thing in case anyone missed it: https://exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5559.0
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Re: The Two Cows Theory
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 08:14:16 PM »
It's a good thing.

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