Political systems, 1940s style

Socialism: You have 2 cows. Given one to your neighbour.
Communism: You have two cows. Give both to the Govt. The Govt gives you milk.
Fascism: You have two cows. Give milk to Govt – Govt sells it.
Nazism: Govt shoots you and takes cows
New Dealism: Govt shoots one cow, milks the other & pours milk down the sink.
Capitalism: You sell one cow and buy a bull
Anarchism: Keep cows – shoot Govt. Steal another cow.
???: You have no cow.
Conservatism: Embalm the cows. Freeze the milk.

World War II letters and cards, Howard Kippenberger

Can anyone decode” ???: You have no cow.” Maybe despotism or heroism?

From World War II letters and cards, 1940-1945. The letters are written by Howard Kippenberger (Kip) to Glen and May Morgan.

7 thoughts on “Political systems, 1940s style

  1. alinaccl 5 August 2015 / 2:02 pm


  2. Vanessaccl 5 August 2015 / 3:53 pm

    It reads “Negroism” to me, but what exactly that is supposed to mean in this context I’m not 100% sure…

    • Gallivanta 5 August 2015 / 5:05 pm

      I found one vague reference on Google which suggests you may be right.

      • Donna 6 August 2015 / 7:57 am

        Good research you two. The whole “two cows” method of explanation is very clever I reckon.

  3. Colin 7 August 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Maybe a misspelling of ‘kleptoism’, or more properly ‘kleptocracy’, where the ruling elite steal everything for themselves? Sounds like a familiar theme in today’s world..

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