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One advantage of being a child of the Cold War is that I got to live through the fall of the Berlin Wall. The collapse of the Evil Empire truly was one of Reagan’s most amazing accomplishments and a moment of joy for the world.

Best of all, the war ended peacefully.

Which is a wonderful thing since I hate to think of how many lives would have been lost if things heated up.

And since it’s Memorial Day in the United States, why don’t we display some patriotism (in the proper sense) by laughing at the idiocy of the communist ideology.

We’ll start with a collection of failures (though I wish the person who created it had a better grasp of the English language).

Reminds me of this book collection.

The next item for our collection features an excellent comment from Aykhan Imranov.

I can vaguely understand how some naive youngsters can be seduced by socialism. Especially if what they have in mind is merely a pro-market Nordic welfare state.

But I’m utterly sickened that there are some people who go one step further and advocate for Marxism.

Is this their thought process?

I’ve always been nauseated by the Che Guevara death cult.

So I obviously need to share this t-shirt collection.

Though I confess I prefer the t-shirt at the end of this column.

Communism is famous, of course, for the “bad luck” of having decade after decade of food shortages supposedly caused by weather (amazing how the bad luck quickly ends when people get to grow for themselves rather than the collective).

And this means we have many opportunities for dark comedy.

Yes, it’s not nice to laugh about famine, but I confess that this bit of satire got a chuckle from me.

Hmmm…, I need to do a bit of reshelving the next time I’m in a book store.

Here’s another example with the same theme.

Though I must disagree with the premise. The communist bosses have always lived fat and happy lives. Ordinary people are the ones who starve.

But let’s not get caught up in details. If you like communism-starves-people humor, listen to Reagan’s jokes. And this prom dress satire is my all-time favorite, followed by this tweet from Marx.

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Today was the first full day of the annual Friedman Conference in Australia. I presented on tax competition as a means of controlling the “stationary bandit” of government.

Being at an event with several hundred libertarians reminds me that we are a strange group. In a good way, of course, but still easy to caricature.

So rather than write about a serious topic today, I’m going to augment my collection of libertarian humor.

They say we’re a bit dorky. There’s probably some truth to that. The good news is that we’re probably not going to cheat on our significant others since we’re too focused on changing minds.

But if Libertarian Doofus is any indication (see here, here, here, and here), we also don’t have much success with procreation. Here’s another example.

That being said, if we miraculously manage to procreate, we have some handy rules for raising kids.

(Though not all parents are sympathetic.)

Or maybe we opt for a same-sex partner.

That might create logistical challenges in terms of children, but it creates an opportunity to share this button.

The holy trinity of libertarianism: Sex, drugs, and guns. What every happy home needs!

I’ve saved the best for last.

In previous examples of libertarian humor, I’ve pointed out that you may not want libertarians at Thanksgiving dinner.

Well, it’s probably not a good idea to have them as night clerks at a hotel, either.

To be sure, this isn’t really a joke.

We are on a trajectory for economic misery. People do need wake-up calls if we’re going to avert Greek-style fiscal and economic chaos.

Though I realize that hotel guests probably don’t want that message right before bed.

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Socialism is immoral.

The bad news is that a lot of young people nonetheless believe in this evil ideology.

But the good news is that there’s a lot of real-world evidence that socialism fails every time it is tried.

I certainly do everything possible to educate people about the downside of this coercive system. Including an entire collection of anti-socialism humor.

Adding to that collection is the point of today’s column.

Let’s start with this item (which reminds me of a Michael Ramirez cartoon from 2013).

But if some people still want lots of freebies, President Eisenhower has a suggestion of where they can look.

Next we have some satirical polling data.

I haven’t seen his work before, but Pat Cross probably deserves to be an after-the-fact participant in my political cartoonist contest based on these two gems.

His first contribution is a scientific screw-up.

Followed by this this household screw-up.

I assume the guys in these cartoons are part of the “real socialism hasn’t been tried” community.

Too bad they couldn’t see into the future.

I’ve already mocked “democratic socialism,” so I naturally can’t resist sharing this bit of satire.

Speaking of “democratic socialism,” the next item in today’s collection mocks those who try to highlight Scandinavia while disowning Venezuela.

I’ve shared a comparison of pets on socialism vs. pets on capitalism.

Here’s the water version.

Next, we have a putative quote from Winston Churchill, and I added the caveat about “putative” because a quick online search suggests he didn’t actually say this.

But the sentiment is so accurate that it merits inclusion.

For what it’s worth, there’s a great quote about socialism and capitalism at the end of this column, which actually did come from Churchill.

I always try to conclude any collection of jokes with the one that made me laugh the most.

And that definitely is the case for this final image.

P.S. Some people complain that I share too many jokes about the topic. They say socialism is a real threat, not something to laugh about.

Given the horrible suffering that has been caused by various versions of socialism, I understand that sentiment.

But I’m reminded that the Soviet Union, which rivaled Germany’s national socialism and Mao’s China in terms of sheer brutality, was undermined by humor.

P.P.S. Don’t forget the special collections of Bernie humor and AOC humor.

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If Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t exist, I might have to invent her since she helps to make socialism such an easy target for mockery.

Though I actually admire the fact that she doesn’t try to disguise her agenda. Like “Crazy Bernie,” she openly and boldly pushes for an ideological agenda that would put the United States somewhere between Greece and Venezuela in the global rankings for economic liberty.

And while that would be a horrible outcome, it does generate the satire for today’s column.

We’ll start with a clever cartoon I saw on Facebook. It appears that Ms. AOC slept through a critical class.

Indeed, even though it should be difficult to overlook 100 million deaths caused by socialism, she may have slept through all her classes according to the satirists at Babylon Bee.

The problem has become so acute that her economics degree from Boston University has been revoked.

…an independent degree quality control board issued an emergency recall on her economics degree. Basic Economic Understanding Bureau officials burst into the congresswoman’s office and confiscated her economics degree early Tuesday morning “for the safety of the nation.” They found it hanging on the wall next to a hammer & sickle flag. They tore it down and returned it to Boston University for safekeeping. …one BEUB official said. “We pulled up Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter account, and sure enough, she compared the price of a croissant with the price of an hour of human labor. She seemed to have no understanding of the underlying facts.” …While officials were not allowed to detain Ocasio-Cortez herself for a recall and were forced to release her after questioning, they recommended she read Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell or Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt to aid her in her recovery.

I can’t resist making two serious points.

  • First, there are plenty of leftist economists in the academic world, So she could have been paying close attention in all her classes and simply learned garbage.
  • Second, while it would be nice if AOC read Thomas Sowell, I doubt it would help. My experiences with dedicated leftists suggest that they are impervious to understanding tradeoffs.

But since I’ve written over and over again about the foolishness of socialism, let’s bring another voice to the discussion. In an article for Quillette, Jonathan Church summarizes the economic blindness of AOC.

With over 3.5 million followers on Twitter…and an audacious personality, she has become a vociferous presence in the contemporary social discourse…she is alarmingly prone, not simply to making mistakes that arise from climbing the learning curve on complex policy issues, but to making reckless intellectual mistakes that should easily be avoided by someone who has gloated about having an economics degree. Rarely does an AOC remark on economic issues go by, in fact, in which she does not demonstrate an ideological impulsiveness that compromises any presumed adherence to sound economic reasoning, prompting doubts about how much she learned when she studied economics at Boston University. …AOC repeatedly demonstrates a glaring lack of command not only of facts, but of basic economic principles. 

And what are these mistakes?

The article has many examples, but my favorites deal with the so-called Green New Deal and her misunderstanding of employment data.

…her Green New Deal…appears to be inspired by the highly-risky, nonsensical ideas of Modern Monetary Theory… Instead of focusing on entitlement reform and addressing the demographics and rising health care costs which lie at the root of America’s looming debt crisis, the Green New Deal would “spend the U.S. into oblivion,”… ione high-profile PBS interview last year, she claimed that unemployment in America “is low because everyone has two jobs” and “people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week.” She was subsequently chastened by Politifact.

But I’m digressing. Let’s enjoy some more humor.

Here’s a satirical video that’s received a lot of attention. It features an 8-year old Mini-AOC.

Also, you’ve probably seen information about how to detect if someone is using illicit substances.

Well, here’s how to tell if someone is buzzed on things they shouldn’t be using.

Here’s some more clever satire from Babylon Bee. It appears Ms. AOC is not cut out for success on some game shows.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was pumped to attend a taping of The Price Is Right in Hollywood this week. The special guest introduced herself as a U.S. representative and rising star of the Democratic Party. Things got interesting when the game began and every time it was her turn to estimate the price of an item her answer was “free.” …She went on to guess that diamond earrings, a set of jet skis, and even a giant pile of cash were all free. Carey unveiled a package containing world-class healthcare and she said, “Definitely free.” …Cortez was never able to advance to the game proper, and as the credits rolled she appeared visibly upset. A hot mic picked up comments she made in frustration, claiming that the game was rigged by capitalism and that “everybody knows giant piles of money are free, that’s like basic economics 101”.

Last but not least, I assume everyone has seen Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

The remake is even more terrifying!

As always, feel free to peruse the entire collection of socialism-themed humor.

And if you want more info on the evil of socialism, just read more about the real-world consequences of bad policy.

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Time to augment our collection of libertarian-themed humor.

Today’s additions starts with might happen to me if I was hiding from a crazed murderer (h/t: Libertarian Reddit).

Actually, I wouldn’t get butchered for this reason since I’m not an anarcho-capitalist.

But I probably wouldn’t be able to resist blurting out that the United States prospered for 100-plus years without an income tax, or that taxes could be very low even with an elastic definition of what counts as public goods.

Next we have some clever Game-of-Thrones satire from the folks at Reason.

I’ve never seen the show, but that’s not necessary since this video perfectly captures the tendency of libertarians to make pedantic (albeit accurate) assertions.

Anyhow, if you liked the narrator of that video, you’ll also like this one, this one, and this one.

Now let’s look at a clever article from the satirists at Babylon Bee.

In an attempt to fulfill the biblical command in 1 Timothy 2 to lift up one’s leaders in prayer, local libertarian believer Stan Marshall asked God to cripple the government and bring it to a swift demise, sources confirmed Tuesday. …He prayed specifically for his local government leaders, that God would providentially deprive them of the “coerced funds” necessary to do their jobs, as well as for the country’s national leaders, that the Almighty would ignite a passionate revolution among the people in order to remove them from power. “Even if you disagree with the people in power, it’s a biblical mandate that we pray for our leaders, and I do that by asking the Lord to smite them each and every day,” he told reporters.

I imagine that most religious libertarians simply pray for politicians to have the wisdom to do as little as possible.

But I like the way Stan takes it to the next level.

Next, we have a doggie that takes after the libertarian chicken.

Let’s look at another example of libertarian-themed humor from Babylon Bee. In this case, libertarians prevail because we’re so relentlessly annoying about our ideas.

The U.S. government announced Monday it will be adopting more libertarian policies going forward, including lower taxes, greater support for civil liberties, and a drastically decentralized federal government, “if all the libertarians will agree to just shut up and stop complaining for like one freaking second.” The announcement was issued in the form of a joint statement by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government, and is contingent upon libertarians “chilling out a bit” and immediately ceasing from posting memes stating “Taxation is Theft” and “End the Fed” every single second they’re on the internet. …At publishing time, libertarians from across the country had refused to dial down the rhetoric even a little bit, calling the compromise “the greatest travesty since the British raised taxes on tea.”

Unrealistic? Of course.

But I’m willing to be extra annoying just in case this might work.

Next, we get a reappearance of Libertarian Dork.

And here’s an example (from Libertarian Reddit) of how I feel when I’m talking to people in Washington…followed by their reactions to my sensible statements.

Last but not least, here’s a potential reason why libertarianism faces an uphill battle.

You can find even better versions of this meme here and here.

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I’m not a fan of Crazy Bernie, to put it mildly.

His policies would turn us into serfs and condemn people to poverty and deprivation.

But the silver lining of that dark cloud is that he is the unwitting source of some great humor. And that’s our topic today.

We’ll start with a brutal tweet. I don’t know @djPaulMarco, but – as the youngsters say – he dunked on the Vermont Senator.

 

Next we have some politically oriented humor.

I like to think this isn’t what really motivates Bernie’s young supporters, but you have to wonder what’s rattling around in their heads.

Sticking with the political theme, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez (who also is a great target for mockery) technically will still be too young to be on the ticket in 2020, but this bit of humor aptly describes the direction America will be heading if the so-called Green New Deal gets imposed on the country.

And since Senator Sanders wants government-coerced equality, I’m sure he’ll support this idea.

Especially since the DNC did this to him back in 2016.

The same principle apparently applies to yard signs as well.

Now let’s shift to public policy, though this next image also illustrates the socialist approach to vote buying.

In any event, it captures the essence of socialist economics.

A good theory, until there’s nobody left to do the buying.

Speaking of drinks, here’s a Bernie special offer.

I’m also a huge fan of this clever satire. Very appropriate to close with this item given what I wrote last weekend.

For other examples of Bernie humor, you can click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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There’s nothing funny about communism and socialism in the real-world.

The totalitarian version is horrifying and brutal, while the benign version is “merely” debilitating to economic performance and vitality.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy some laughs by mocking these awful ideologies.

We’ll start today’s collection with a look at socialism vs. democratic socialism.

I actually think there is a real difference between Marxist socialism and liberal socialism, but I also think economic coercion and political coercion are kissing cousins.

Our next bit of satire reminds me of Venezuela. Chavez and Maduro chose the option on the right.

Next we have examples of false advertising (though I’m sure we’ll be told that “real socialism” and “real communism” haven’t been tried.

Let’s close today’s edition with a tribute to Crazy Bernie.

While I enjoy Bernie-focused humor (see here, here, here, here, here, and here), I have to point out that the above image, while amusing, isn’t accurate.

Michael Moore and Chavez’s daughter also have huge bank accounts.

To see the entire collection of communism and socialism humor, click here.

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