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We joked about communism yesterday, so let’s stick with the humor theme and make Trump today’s target.

Months before the 2016 election, I shared a world-according-to-Trump map that had some very clever parts (I especially liked the portrayal of Eastern Europe and Canada, though I confess I’m not sure why China was labeled as the New England Patriots).

Now let’s look at three new Trump maps.

Lots of terrorists in this first version, as you can see. And maybe Trump will have China build the wall rather than Mexico.

And, compared to the 2016 map, Obama loses North Africa.

I’m not sure why all of Europe is considered Germany in this second map, but you won’t be surprised to see Russia portrayed positively.

The most amusing part is the “PROBABLY OK” for the Antipodes, which actually matches what I told a New Zealand TV audience last November.

Now let’s look at our final map, which is the best of today’s collection. It was sent to me by a Che-loving former significant other and it’s obviously a new map since it references “s***hole countries” and Norway also gets listed.

We also see an appearance by “Rocket Man” in North Korea and the “Election Non-Meddlers” from Russia. But I’m baffled that China is considered “Climate-Change Hoaxers.”

P.S. If you like humorous maps, you can click here to see how the Greeks, Brits, and Americans view Europe.

P.P.S. If you like Trump humor, previous examples can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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Since communism killed 100 million people over 100 years and still causes unimaginable misery in a few blighted nations today, part of me thinks we should always treat the topic in a somber fashion.

But humor plays an important role in the world of politics. Reagan’s jokes (see 4th video) about the Soviet Union, for instance, helped undermine the legitimacy of that wretched system.

So let’s augment my collection of anti-communist humor from with a couple of new items.

We’ll start with a look at the class dunce.

I’m not sure what that made me laugh, but it did.

Next, here’s something I saw on Twitter. I assume Soviet Barbie was done as satire. In any event, it captures the utter dreariness of Soviet life.

Let’s close with an actual beer commercial from the 1980s, featuring the humor of a Russian émigré, Yakov Smirnoff.

On a related note, there is plenty of socialism humor, as well as redistribution humor and Venezuela humor.

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Libertarian Jesus made his first appearance back in 2013, when he cautioned that charity was a personal obligation rather than a government responsibility.

He had an encore performance last year, when it was revealed that charity and confiscation are not the same thing.

Now we have Part III, featuring Jesus trying to impart wisdom.

P.S. President Trump disagrees with Jesus.

P.P.S. This is why I’ve been critical of Pope Francis. His heart may be in the right place, but he’s misguided about the policies that actually help the less fortunate. For what it’s worth, it would be helpful if he was guided by the moral wisdom of Walter Williams rather than the destructive statism of Juan Peron.

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Over the years, I’ve shared examples of a politically correct Christmas, several versions of a TSA Christmas (here, here, and here), a couple of versions of The Night Before Christmas (here and here), and even a story of Santa Claus getting busted by the IRS.

But one of my favorites is the poster asking whether Santa Claus is on the left or on right.

Is he more like Bernie Sanders because he “gives out lots of free stuff”?

Or is he more like Paul Ryan because he “is a maker, not a taker”?

Amusing, but it’s time to take this this to the next level. Right or left is too mainstream. Let’s ask the more fundamental question: Is Christmas a Marxist holiday or a Randian holiday ?

We’ll start with the first option. Here’s a cartoon strip that would make Karl Marx smile.

Now let’s look at some Christmas spirit from Ayn Rand.

There are 21 satirical Randian Christmas cards to choose from. Here are the two that I found most amusing.

And…

Ouch. While I’m a fan of Atlas Shrugged and think Rand was a net plus for the cause of liberty, I’m not a Randian and these quotes are a good example of why her philosophy of objectivism leaves something to be desired.

But this isn’t a day for serious discussion.

So I’ll close by linking to some clever Obama-era Christmas cartoons (here, here, and here).

And this one-liner from Jay Leno is always worth a chuckle.

Last but not least, here’s a cartoon video showing what would happen if Obama ran the North Pole and another video with Santa grousing about unhelpful policies from Washington.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Last year, I wrote that I wanted a spending cap for Christmas. Sadly, Santa Claus did not deliver, so I’m stuck with my consolation prize from 2013.

I’m not expecting a spending cap under the tree this year, either.

But for those of you panicking about presents with one week left, there are some good Christmas gifts for libertarians, as shown in this video from Reason. My favorites are 1) Entitle-Mints, 2) the libertarian doorbell, 3) Jury Nullification Barbie, and 4) Hungry, Hungry Venezuelans.

But keep in mind that Santa doesn’t discriminate, and neither should you.

After all, it wouldn’t be nice to get Christmas gifts for libertarian friends and family while neglecting the socialists in your life.

Writing for the Financial Times, Merryn Somerset Webb has a serious list of books that she thinks would be very helpful for deluded leftists.

I’m concerned — and hardly alone in being concerned — about the bad rap capitalism is getting… So I thought I would suggest some rollicking good reads that also show the market economy, big business and the capitalist instinct in a good light. …what Christmas reads might help ardent socialists see that entrepreneurialism and business creates the wealth that pays for everything else, and that capitalism is a force for good? One slightly unexpected place to start might be Great Expectations. Escaped criminal turned super-rich entrepreneur Magwitch offers a fabulous lesson in the uses of capitalism to Pip… Another contender has to be Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, in which industrialists, fed up with the failures of central planning and stultifying effects of overregulation on their businesses, effectively go on strike from productive activity. …I’d point you towards Henry Hazlitt’s similarly themed 1966 novel Time Will Run Back. It is a better read (Hazlitt is known to be one of the few economists who is also a good writer) and is basically an economics explainer hidden in a work of fiction. It kicks off in a miserably Orwellian state (think 1984) which is gradually turned — to everyone’s benefit — into a capitalist one.

I’m a fan of Atlas Shrugged, so I’ll echo that suggestion.

I’ll track down the Hazlitt book, which sounds promising, but I’ll pass on Great Expectations since I was underwhelmed when forced to read it in high school.

Now let’s shift gears and contemplate the challenges that Santa sometimes faces.

Here’s what happens when a child asks St. Nick for a tolerable government (h/t: libertarian Reddit).

We have another example, only this time Santa is asked for a non-oppressive government (h/t: libertarian Reddit).

P.S. If you know folks who spend a lot of time in the bathroom, you can get them IRS-themed or inflation-themed toilet paper for Christmas (this offer not valid in Cuba and Venezuela).

P.P.S. If you’re shopping for an environmentalist, this option might work. And if you need a gift for a Keynesian, this Christmas album would be perfect.

P.P.P.S. At this time of year, remember that adoption is a way of providing a good home.

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The Great Depression was an unimaginably miserable period in American history. Income fell, unemployment rose, and misery was pervasive.

But there was still room for political satire in the 1930s. Here’s a cartoon that I shared back in 2012. Based on the notations in the upper right, I gather it’s from the Chicago Tribune, though I don’t know if that’s actually true. And I also don’t know the year.

But I certainly sympathized with the message since Hoover and Roosevelt were big-spending interventionists.

Hoover saddled the economy with taxes (an increase in the top tax rate from 25 percent to 63 percent!), spending, protectionism, regulation, and intervention. Roosevelt then doubled down on almost all of those bad policies, with further tax rate increases (up to 79 percent, and he even pushed for a 100 percent tax rate in the early 1940s!!), more spending, and lots of additional regulation and intervention.

And here’s a cartoon I posted the previous year. Since I don’t know whether public opinion was on the right side, I don’t know if it accurately captures the mood of taxpayers.

But it’s 100-percent accurate about the instinctive response of politicians. For “public choice” reasons, the crowd in Washington has an incentive to buy votes with other people’s money. One might even say they spend like drunken sailors, but that’s actually an understatement.

But I’m beginning to digress, as is my wont. Let’s get back to satire and the Great Depression.

And I’m going to be creative. That’s because I saw a cartoon on Reddit‘s libertarian page that makes a very general point about government causing a mess and politicians then blaming the private sector. But because I’m a goofy libertarian policy wonk, I immediately thought that this is a perfect summary of what happened in the 1930s.  Hoover and Roosevelt hammered the economy with bad policy, the economy stayed in the dumps for an entire decade, yet the political class someone convinced a lot of people it was all the fault of capitalism.

While I will always view this cartoon as the spot-on depiction of what happened in the 1930s, it obviously applies much more broadly.

Consider the recent financial crisis, which was the result of bad monetary policy and corrupt Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac subsidies. Yet countless politicians blamed greedy capitalism.

Maybe what we have is the cartoon version of Mitchell’s Law. That’s because when politicians cause a problem and blame the free market, they inevitably then claim that the problem justifies giving them more power and control. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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There’s no way to sugarcoat the monstrous evil of communism. The death toll is simply too large.

But the silver lining to the dark cloud of Marxist socialism is that we have some clever jokes and satire.

We’ll start with the Gipper. Here are some of his anti-communism jokes that I should have included in my collection of Reagan videos.

Makes me miss Reagan even more. The only great president of my lifetime, and either the best or second-best president of the 20th century.

But let’s stay on topic. Here’s a cartoon that sums up the “success” of communist systems.

The folks at Redpanels, by the way, also have produced great cartoons on Keynesian economics, the minimum wage, basic income, and infrastructure.

Perhaps because of the rise of Antifa, even the Onion is mocking communism. Here are some excerpts, but the entire article is worth reading.

The filthy, disorganized apartment shared by three members of the Amherst College Marxist Society is a microcosm of why the social and economic utopia described in the writings of Karl Marx will never come to fruition, sources reported Monday. …Upon moving in together at the beginning of the fall 2001 semester, Dorff, Josh Foyle, and Tom Eaves sat down and devised an egalitarian system for harmonious living. Each individual roommate would be assigned a task, which he would be required to carry out on a predetermined day of the week. A bulletin board in the kitchen was chosen as the spot for household announcements, and to track reimbursements for common goods like toothpaste and toilet paper. “We were creating an exciting new model for living,” said Dorff, stubbing his cigarette into an ashtray that had not been emptied in six days. …Despite the roommates’ optimism, the system began to break down soon after its establishment. To settle disputes, the roommates held weekly meetings of the “Committee of Three.” …After weeks of complaining that he was the only one who knew how to clean “halfway decent,” Foyle began scaling back his efforts, mirroring the sort of production problems experienced in the USSR and other Soviet bloc nations. …The roommates have also tried to implement a food-sharing system, with similarly poor results. The dream of equal distribution of shared goods quickly gave way to pilferage, misallocation, and hoarding. “I bought the peanut butter the first four times, and this Organic Farms shit isn’t cheap,” Eaves said. “So ever since, I’ve been keeping it in my dresser drawer. If Kirk wants to make himself a sandwich, he can run to the corner store and buy some Jif.” …The lack of funds and the resulting scarcity breeds not only discontent but also corruption. Although collectivism only works when all parties contribute to the fullest extent, Foyle hid the existence of a $245 paycheck from roommates so he would not have to pay his back rent, in essence refusing to participate in the forced voluntary taxation that is key to socialism. Even worse, Dorff, who is entrusted with bill collection and payment, recently pocketed $30, a theft he claimed was “for the heating bill” but was put toward buying drinks later that night.

If you don’t want to read the entire story from the Onion, this cartoon basically has the same message.

Here’s a cartoon mocking the common excuse that Marxist socialism only fails because the right people haven’t been in charge.

There’s nothing subtle about this next bit of satire.

Though I wonder if the Occupy Wall Street crowd would even recognize that it’s a joke rather than serious.

Reminds me of this socialism poster.

Here’s a video from Reason‘s John Stossel. It makes very serious points, but has a mocking tone that I appreciate, so I decided to include it in today’s column.

Last but not least, let’s make fun of the guy who gave Marxism its name.

I have no idea if the various factoids in this image are true, but since Marx unleashed so much evil on the world, I’m more than willing to share unfair attacks on his “good name.”

At the risk of repeating myself, communism is an utterly evil system.

If you have some good anti-communist humor, please share in the comments section.

I’ll close by wondering whether the people who mocked communism when the Soviet Union still existed played a role in winning the Cold War. Yes, I realize that sounds like a bit of stretch, but I think mockery is an under-appreciated weapon. Anti-communism humor attacked the moral foundations of the Marxist system, something that was important since there were plenty of dupes and apologists who gave aid and comfort to tyranny.

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