Don't tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light on broken glass.
~Anton Chekhov

Sunday, February 10, 2008


This is a simple, somewhat humorous description of different political systems.

First, let's pretend that you have two cows.


Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

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

The government takes your two cows. If you behave properly you
might receive a gallon of milk every month.

The government takes your two cows, then hires you
to take care of them. You must buy your
milk from the government.


The government tells you what to feed your
two cows and
when to milk them.
Then it pays you not to milk them.

As the bureaucracy evolves....

Someone from the
government shoots one of the cows.

Another government official takes the milk

from the other cow and pours it down the drain.

A third government representative provides

a stack of paperwork for you to complete.
You must explain why the cows are missing.

A fourth government employee decides if your reasons

are valid enough to reimburse you for the cows.
and so on.......


First, a government official tells you that God wants you to give them the milk from one of your cows. They remind you that you'll be rewarded once you die.

Later, another begs you to give some of your milk from the second cow to those who do not have any cows. They remind you that you'll be rewarded once you die.

Then you are told over and over that people that don't believe in your God need to be converted. Perhaps you can squeeze out some more milk to help pay for those missions.
They remind you that you'll be rewarded once you die.

Next, every official and representative is telling you that others are trying to destroy all believers. Y ou must give them one of your cows to help fight and save your beliefs.
They remind you that you'll be rewarded once you die.

You have one cow left. You've given half of all you own to support the government.

Yet, one day a government official knocks on your door.

You have stopped sending milk to support the priests, to help those who don't have any cows, and to help with the missions. There are many enemies at the gate. Aren't you a true believer? Don't you understand that immortality is at stake?

You point out that without the cow's milk you and your family will die. The government official compliments you on your understanding, and praises your willingness to support the cause.

And takes your second cow.

You will find out about that reward pretty soon.

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