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It’s been almost six months since I last mocked the poisonous ideology of socialism.

So let’s rectify that oversight with five new items for our collection.

Our first item shows where “Soviet Barbie” lives, followed by the fancy abode of a self-annointed socialist leader.

Next, we have a bus driver warning about a reality check (basically the same message as this great tweet).

Our third item compares a defining characteristic of capitalism (mutually beneficial voluntary exchange) and a defining feature of socialism (envy).

Our next item shows how a socialist ignores real-world evidence while focusing on a never-achieved fantasy.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last.

This one reminds me of the story the New York Times wrote in 2020, which focused on Venezuela’s decrepit economy but somehow never mentioned socialism.

Our friends on the left apparently want people to believe that socialism produces horrible results because of mysterious outside factors. Just bad coincidences, or something like that.

But since there’s never been a successful socialist economy (even voluntary socialist societies collapse), maybe it is time they realize they’ve been supporting a failed ideology.

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I shared some anti-communism satire in January and March, so it’s time for some new material.

We’ll start with this look at how people can be victimized by both communism and capitalism…though you may notice that the levels of victimization are not exactly similar.

This next meme is a bit of an exaggeration since there are plenty of private charities in capitalist societies and starvation only occurs sporadically in communist societies.

But the core point is correct.

I also don’t think our third item is correct given the overwhelmingly leftist orientation of academic historians.

But it is nonetheless amusing because there is a strong link between supporting communism and ignoring history.

For our fourth item, here’s a new version of the Santa-to-Marx evolution.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last.

Modern-day communists almost surely imagine themselves as party bosses in a Marxist society.

But as shown in the fourth item in this post and the first item in this post, that is a silly fantasy.

With the exception of a tiny elite, everyone is communist societies is little better than a slave to the state.

P.S. I will never cease to be embarrassed that I scored 6% in a are-you-a-communist quiz. In my defense, some of the questions are poorly worded.

P.P.S. Here’s the entire collection of communism and socialism humor.

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Last September was my most-recent contribution of bureaucrat-themed humor.

Let’s add to the collection today.

Our first item perfectly illustrates what happens when bureaucrats pay taxes.

Our second item begins with a reference to a British politician, but you don’t need to know Jacob Rees-Mogg to appreciate the anti-bureaucrat satire.

Next, we have a bureaucrat who was careless when asking a genie to grant his wishes.

Here’s my favorite item, and it’s supported by research.

My all-time favorite example of anti-bureaucrat satire is this video, though this top-10 list from David Letterman is a close second.

P.S. Since we’re making fun of bureaucrats, here’s a good jab at the Post Office from Jimmy Kimmel and a clever one-liner from Craig Ferguson. And to see how government operates, we have the Fable of the Ant. But this Pearls before Swine cartoon strip is very clever. Also, here’s a new element discovered inside the bureaucracy, and a letter to the bureaucracy from someone renewing a passport.

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I shared four editions of gun control humor (here, here, here, and here) in 2021, but none so far this year.

Time to rectify that oversight, starting with this amusing video.

Next, we have a message for leftists who think America is a horrible society, yet for inexplicable reasons always want government to have more power and authority.

Our third item deals with America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was the right policy but the wrong implementation.

One consequence is that the Taliban gained control over billions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry.

Needless to say, that made many Americans jealous.

This next item made me laugh.

In part because some people are dumb enough to think it’s easier to get a gun than vote and in part because Martin deserves an award for cleverest comeback.

Here’s my favorite item from today’s collection.

The United States arguably leads the world in gun ownership. That would not be good news for any invaders.

The jab at Oregon was particularly amusing. People who vote higher taxes on themselves obviously are incapable of self-government, much less self-defense.

If anyone knows what is meant by “contractors” and “CMP people,” please let me know if the comments section.

P.S. If you want more gun control humor, click here.

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Our last compilation of anti-communism humor was back in January, so it’s time to expand our collection.

For our first item, let’s celebrate Marx’s inability to understand basic economics (which helps to explain why jurisdictions that cling to Marxist socialism are among the world’s most impoverished places).

Our second example of satire takes advantage of the historical link between communism and empty stomachs.

If you want to know how the guy in the next-to-last item from this column was raised, I assume this was the book his mother read to him at bedtime.

For our fourth item, I definitely think this tweet hits the target.

Though its not completely accurate since Marxist bosses enjoy lavish meals. Ordinary people are the ones who suffer.

As usual, I save the best for last. Our fifth item mocks how many leftists are motivated by hate and envy.

Since several items in today’s column dinged communism for its inability to produce enough food, I’ll close by drawing people’s attention to this very funny example of cultural appropriation.

P.S. If you wonder whether you might be a communist, take this quiz (I’m embarrassed to admit that I got 6 percent).

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Last year, we targeted politicians with some much-deserved satire on four occasions (here, here, here, and here).

I don’t want to fall behind that pace for 2022, so here’s our first collection for this year.

We’ll start with this cartoon strip about the criminal behavior of the folks in Washington.

Ever wonder how we get awful policies such as ethanol subsidies?

Our second item answers that question.

Our third item actually isn’t funny. It’s sad that we let politicians bribe us with our own money.

Now let’s look at the what happens when Republicans and Democrats cooperate.

Here’s the same point from a different perspective.

Per tradition, I’ve saved the best item for last.

More parents need to have this type of discussion about the birds-and-the-bees.

And when there are lots of clowns and lots of serial killers, then you wind up with entire hives of politicians.

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I write frequently about economic policy in California, mostly to note that bad policy by politicians is offsetting the state’s natural advantages such as climate, natural resources, and topography.

The net result is a slow-motion economic suicide, as measured by a gradual loss in competitiveness and unfavorable migration patterns.

Today, we’re going to make similar points, but we’ll use humor. Like we did in 2020.

There’s probably no better summary of the state’s misplaced priorities than this meme, which compares the laughable promises of high-speed rail with the reality of mass crime in rail yards.

What happens when a state criminalizes plastic straws and de facto decriminalizes theft?

This happens.

Strangely enough, some people don’t like paying a lot of tax to a government that squanders money and fails to provide basic services.

But if too many of them try to escape at the same time…

Maybe politicians from the Golden State should build that Berlin Wall that Walter Williams joked about.

It’s nice that Californians are allowed to escape. But it may not be so nice for other states if they bring their left-wing voting habits with them.

Last but not least, my favorite item today is this cartoon, which shows would-be entrepreneurs the best routes for economic success.

Though it isn’t really a joke, given all the businesses that have migrated.

P.S. While California is easy to mock, I think Illinois and New Jersey actually are in worse shape (and lots of people share my view about Illinois).

P.P.S. Other examples of California-themed humor can be found here, here, here, and here.

P.P.P.S. There are some crazy policies that are too much even for the crowd in Sacramento, so maybe there’s hope for the state.

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We had five editions (here, here, here, here, and here) of libertarian humor in 2021.

Our first edition for 2022 starts with this clever video from Reason.

Next, here’s Ron Paul hoping that looters can be tricked into targeting the Federal Reserve.

Libertarians love arguing with each other (Randians fighting Austrians fighting anarcho-capitalists, etc), but outsiders presumably think it’s all crazy.

Which is the point of our third item.

What’s the libertarian spirit animal?

Probably a rattlesnake or porcupine, based on various t-shirts I’ve seen.

But maybe we’re just house cats.

I’ve saved the best for last.

Here’s how to identify a libertarian, courtesy of Babylon Bee.

Ouch, that’s definitely the stereotype. Hopefully we’re not actually this dorky in real life.

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My most-recent edition of communism mockery was last October.

So let’s take this opportunity to add to our ever-growing collection.

We’ll start with this list of nations that have achieved success by following the ideas of Karl Marx.

Speaking of Marx, he’s bragging in this meme about the most notable cuisine of communist nations.

In other next item, Marx is peeved that he is a clown compared to Ayn Rand and the famous duo of Austrian economics, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek.

Let’s stop picking on Marx since it’s too much like taking candy from a baby.

Instead, let’s mock the consequences of his evil ideology.

Our fourth item shows the results of a real-world experiment between capitalism and communism.

A comparison of East Germany and West Germany tells the same story.

Per tradition, I’ve saved the best for last.

Here’s an item from The Onion about how communism would have been a great success if the Soviet Union had somehow managed to kill 20.1 million people rather than “just” 20.0 million.

Sadly, there are some leftists who won’t understand this satire.

These are the nutjobs who claim that “real communism hasn’t been tried.”

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Socialism is a total and miserable failure, anywhere and everywhere it’s been tried.

But there’s a silver lining to that dark cloud.

We’ve been able to enjoy lots of socialism satire over the years, and we’re going to continue that tradition with our first collection of socialism humor for 2022.

For our first item, we have a book of fairy tales, which surely will include the politically correct versions of The Little Engine that Could, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The Little Red Hen.

Even better, these fables can be read by Bernie Sanders.

But not everyone is sympathetic to the world of make-believe, as we can see from our second item.

Our third example of satire is this timeline of Venezuela’s 20-year decline.

There’s actually nothing funny about the above list, but it does remind me of how many leftists praised Venezuela’s socialist policies in the early years.

But now they’re strangely silent (or they make bizarre arguments).

So let’s get back to direct satire. Here’s a look at our friends on the left ignoring the rampant inequality in socialist nations (a small handful of people connected to government get rich while everyone else is impoverished) while fixating on inequality in market-oriented nations (where the non-problem problem is that some people get richer faster than other people get richer).

Last but not least, here’s my favorite item from today’s collection.

I’m the boring kind of libertarian who doesn’t like drugs.

But even I can understand this meme.

To end on a serious point, I challenge any and all leftists to respond to my never-answered question. Or to show me their version of the anti-convergence club.

I won’t be holding my breath.

P.S. If you like the fairy tales in the second item, there’s also a version about gun control and an adaptation from Dr. Seuss.

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Very few people are interested in substantive policy analysis on Christmas, so the tradition here is to share some Santa-related libertarian-themed humor.

This year, we have two more additions.

First, we have another example of a rogue, law-breaking Santa.

Next, we have every libertarian’s Christmas list.

I tend to be more specific with my Christmas requests.

And sometimes those wishes are granted, but only in a very narrow sense.

P.S. Here’s one of the best-ever Christmas-themed jokes.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren is a particularly noxious politician.

It’s not just that she’s a doctrinaire leftist on a wide range of issues (class warfare, corporate governance, government spending, business taxation, cronyism, wealth taxation, Social Security, IRS funding, etc).

She’s also a fraud, having falsely claimed Indian ancestry to get hired and promoted at law schools.

And she’s a hypocrite as well, opposing school choice while utilizing private education for her offspring.

Not to mention supporting higher taxes, but then failing to participate in a Massachusetts program that enables people to voluntarily pay extra.

In other words, a political hack with no redeeming qualities.

So I was greatly amused to see that Elon Musk has responded to some her demagoguery with some very clever Twitter responses.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a “Karen” is an intrusive, annoying, and officious woman who likes to control other people’s lives.

But, as you can see, she tried to pick on someone who doesn’t feel any need to kowtow to a politician.

By the way, I’m not sharing this because I’m a knee-jerk advocate for Musk.

Yes, he’s obviously a great entrepreneur, but I don’t like the fact that he’s also benefited from some cronyism.

But let’s get back to satire.

The Babylon Bee had some fun with the Musk-Warren feud.

In a heated exchange on Twitter, a powerful white man viciously attacked Elizabeth Warren—a noble Cherokee squaw and Senator from Massachusetts. “This violent verbal attack on me was literally a hate crime,” said Warren… “The white man continues to oppress my people by resisting the government’s efforts to tax them into oblivion and waste all their money on spending bills that we write to pay off our campaign donors. This basically makes him a freeloader.” The white attacker—named Elon Musk—simply responded with cruel memes showing Elizabeth Warren wearing eagle feathers and war paint to mock her proud heritage.

And since we’re sharing humor from Babylon Bee, this story from 2019 also pokes fun at her penchant for mis-characterizing her background.

Elizabeth Warren has begun sharing stories illustrating the hardship and discrimination she’s faced. Recently, she revealed a particularly tough time back in the early ’70s when she lost a teaching job because her fake mustache had fallen off, revealing she was, in fact, a woman… “It was tough for a woman back then,” Warren said at a campaign stop. “You had to wear fake facial hair and talk in a deep voice, or people would fire you.” …Warren says things have improved for women since, but they could still be better. To help the situation, she announced a plan to fund R&D for an adhesive that will easily keep mustaches in place all day.

Let’s conclude with this very amusing meme that tells you everything you need to know about the winner of the feud.

P.S. I have some Warren humor in the archives, including this extension of her class warfare philosophy and this collection of memes about her ancestry fraud.

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Big government is not good news, assuming you value liberty and prosperity.

But at least it’s good for a few laughs, as we saw in January, twice in May, and July. So let’s squeeze in a few more examples before the year ends.

Our first item today is for people who like being misled.

On a related note, we have a way for pathologists to identify those people after they’re dead.

Now let’s shift from pathologists to historians.

Ah, yes, the slippery slope.

Our fourth item is a visual depiction of Mitchell’s Law.

Per tradition, I’ve saved the best for last.

It’s not just the lettering on the door, it’s also the door not going down to the floor and the upside-down “Watch your step” sign.

Yes, this is satire, but you’ll see it’s not that far from the truth if you peruse my “Great Moments” columns.

Remember, if government is the answer, you’ve asked a very strange question.

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I try to share something humorous every weekend (economics humor last weekend and politician humor the previous weekend).

This weekend, we’re going to add to our collection of socialism humor.

Our first item nicely summarizes the incentive structure of socialism (sort of like this cartoon).

Our second item mocks the left’s hypocritical approach to coercion.

This next item may have been motivated by Libertarian Jesus.

Our fourth item makes a lot of sense if you know history.

Last but not least, here’s a version of “real socialism hasn’t been tried.”

P.S. If you want information on why socialism is bad economics, you can peruse my threepart series.

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I’ve shared lots of socialism humor and communism humor, but only a few examples of economics humor.

So let’s use today’s column as an opportunity to augment that limited collection.

We’ll start with a couple of items about the minimum wage. I wrote a column back in 2009 about why unions support a higher minimum wage.

Now we have an example of why investors might support that policy as well.

Here’s the second item about the minimum wage, and it depicts the response I often use when discussing the issue.

Here’s some satire mocking economists, though it’s more of a stereotype about clever folks from Wall Street.

Sort of reminds me of the “two cows” parable.

Next we have a joke about monetary policy, sort of the humor version of this long video.

Last but not least, nobody should be surprised that this is my favorite item from today’s collection.

It reminds people that “free” government in Europe is actually very, very, expensive for ordinary people.

Adding insult to injury, Europeans have considerably less income to begin with.

At the risk of being momentarily serious, this is why I’m baffled that Biden wants to make the U.S. more like Europe.

Shouldn’t we copy nations that are richer than America rather than poorer?

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I didn’t like many of the things Trump did (his wasteful spending and his protectionist tax increases) and I don’t like many of the things Biden is doing (his pork-filled stimulus and his infrastructure boondoggle).

So hopefully you’ll understand why I’m not fond of politicians.

And this is why I shared some mockery of politicians yesterday and why I’m going to augment that collection with some more satire targeting our ruling class today.

We’ll start with an idea that might finally end the pandemic.

Next, there are discussions about UFOs and why aliens haven’t made their presence known.

I think we now have a good explanation.

Our third item illustrates the difference between political rhetoric and political reality.

Last but not least, if Godzilla and his friends decide to pillage Washington, they better make sure they don’t have allergies.

P.S. If you like mocking the political class, I have lots of other material for you to enjoy. You can read about how the men and women in DC spend their time screwing us and wasting our money. We also have some examples of what people in MontanaLouisianaNevada, and Wyoming think about big-spending politicians. This little girl has a succinct message for our political masters, here are a couple of good images capturing the relationship between politicians and taxpayers, and here is a somewhat off-color Little Johnny joke. Speaking of risqué humor, here’s a portrayal of a politician and lobbyist interacting. Returning to G-rated material, you can read about the blind rabbit who finds a politician. And everyone enjoys political satire, as can be found in these excerpts from the always popular Dave Barry. Let’s not forgot to include this joke by doctors about the crowd in Washington. And last but not least, here’s the motivational motto of the average politician.

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Politicians are not necessarily or automatically evil. Instead, they screw up in large part because of perverse incentives.

That being said, they should be mocked rather than admired (with St. Ronald being the obvious exception).

With that in mind, let’s enjoy another edition of politician humor.

We’ll start with a potential fringe benefit of facial recognition software.

Next we have some evidence that cattle may be smarter than people.

Our third item is a joke from George Carlin.

Last but not least, I thought about using this meme for one of my columns about “statism in images,” but the second frame leads me to think it mostly about mocking elected officials.

P.S. Last October, I wrote a two-part series about America’s venal political class (see here and here).

P.P.S. If you want more political humor, click hereherehere, and here. I also have satirical columns about selected politicians (BidenTrumpSandersBill and Hillary Clinton, and Obama).

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Time to augment our collection of communism humor.

But instead of random satire about communism, which is my usual approach, there’s a theme for today’s collection.

We’re going to mock fuzzy-headed youngsters who are drawn to this totalitarian ideology.

Our first item is for the leftists who imagine they’ll be part of the ruling class after a Marxist revolution, only to find out they’ll be part of the 99 percent who endure lives of toil and oppression.

Since young people have a poor grasp of history, our second item is a cliff-notes version of real-world communism.

Next, we have a communist in his parents’ basement, figuring out how to remake society.

Last but not least, they say curiosity killed the cat.

Well, my favorite item from today’s collection is this youngster feeling drawn to an evil ideology.

To be fair, more young people are drawn to socialism than communism

But the shortcut definition of communism is that it’s socialism accompanied by dictatorship, so we’re simply talking about degrees of coercion.

P.S. There are two videos (here and here) indicating that college kids reject socialism when they’re presented with a real-world choice (and there are two satiric versions – here and here – about how that choice operates).

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My all-time favorite example of bureaucracy humor is this Spanish-language video (with English subtitles!).

But this clip from Yes Minister also captures how bureaucracies operate.

And if you want another reason why bureaucrats don’t like initiative, this cartoon provides the answer.

Our third item shows that you need the correct angle to understand the life of bureaucrats (sort of like these six images).

Our next item shows featherbedding in action.

Never hire one person when you can make it a three-person job (or a lot more if you’re in California).

My final (and favorite) item is this cartoon strip. I don’t know if it’s a parody (like this one) or real, but it does show how bureaucratic pay scales operate.

Quite funny, though not for taxpayers.

P.S. If you want more, we have a joke about an Indian training for a government job, a slide show on how bureaucracies operate, a cartoon strip on bureaucratic incentives, a story on what would happen if Noah tried to build an Ark today, a top-10 list of ways to tell if you work for the government, a new element discovered inside the bureaucracy, and a letter to the bureaucracy from someone renewing a passport.

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I want people to understand the intellectual and empirical case against socialism, as summarized in my three-part series (Part IPart II, and Part III).

But I also recognize that most people aren’t that excited about nerdy economic-themed articles.

Which is why I also use satire as a weapon against collectivism. And updating our collection of collectivism humor is the focus of today’s column.

Our first item combines economic issues such as tax rates and redistribution with basic notions of fairness (properly defined).

Our second item points out how socialists are generally huge hypocrites.

Once they accumulate some money, they magically decide that their knee-jerk policy of “tax the rich” somehow only applies to the people who have even more than they do.

Needless to say, they almost never voluntarily give away their money, either to government or directly to poor people.

Our third bit of humor for today’s column shows how our statist friends are at war with facts, evidence, and the real world.

Speaking of real-world evidence, @iowahawkblog brags that the Chicago Cubs have a better track record than socialists.

Per tradition, I’ve saved the best for last.

Here’s a meme showing that socialism is capable of solving one societal problem.

P.S. For those who want to understand more about socialism, particularly how it compares to capitalism and redistributionism, my five-part series from 2019 on “socialism in the modern world” looks at Venezuela, Nordic nations, Greece, and France.

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Libertarians have very intelligent and consistent views regarding public policy.

But why, then are we so unsuccessful in producing libertarian societies?

I suspect part of the problem is that we enjoy being outside the mainstream. Certainly in terms of ideas, and sometime even with regard to lifestyles.

  • The bad news is that our quirkiness seems to limit our ability to persuade.
  • The good news is that our quirkiness creates good opportunities for satire.

Speaking of satire, today’s column will add to our collection of libertarian humor.

Our first item could be a picture of me when observing fights between big-government Democrats and big-government Republicans.

For our next item, there’s an interesting policy debate about the bias of big social media companies, with some conservatives abandoning their alleged pro-market sympathies and demanding regulation. Or even the use of counterproductive antitrust laws.

Libertarians, by contrast, have a very benign view of private companies.

Which makes them vulnerable to this kind of satire.

For our third item, libertarians support reforms to improve police behavior, including an end to qualified immunity.

But when the debate shifts to defunding the police, libertarians have a more comprehensive attitude (by the way, this meme has a naughty word, so you have to click to see it).

This next item is very clever.

Libertarians are big on the idea of self-ownership, so…

Our final bit of satire touches a nerve with me because I worry a lot about a potential descent into Greek-style fiscal chaos (and, since the US is too big for a bailout, that presumably will be followed by social disarray).

So you can understand why this is my favorite bit of humor from today’s collection.

Reminds me of the G-rated version of “libertarian porn” that I shared back in 2010.

No wonder libertarians fantasize about creating a “Galt’s Gulch.” Or, maybe it’s more than fantasy.

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It was back in May when I last shared some satire about gun control, so let’s update the collection.

We’ll start with this very important public service announcement about the horrible consequences of drinking and smoking during pregnancy.

Next, we know that Texans have a gun-loving reputation, both nationally and internationally.

Now they’re taking the right to keep and bear arms to the next level.

Our third item is very clever, though won’t be well received by self-described feminists.

I sometimes joke that I’m a lesbian trapped in a man’s body.

Here’s the gun control version of changing one’s identity.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last.

If I was still doing coronavirus-themed humor, this item would have been very appropriate.

But it also is perfect for mocking gun control.

For what it’s worth, this is both amusing and true.

If you want less crime, make sure there are plenty of law-abiding people with guns.

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My collection of anti-communism humor has grown significantly this year (see here, here, here, and here), but I don’t think any of those jokes can match this parody of John Lennon’s vapid song.

Kudos to the Babylon Bee.

Our second item shows empathy to our leftist friends who have to pimp for a system that has an endless track record of brutality and deprivation.

I’m not sure why I found this next meme so enjoyable.

Perhaps because it captures the utter misery of 99 percent of the population in a communist system.

I was thinking about making this next item a “Tweet of the Year,” but I’ve already done that for 2021.

In any event, it is pure anti-communism satire and belongs in today’s grouping.

I don’t know if the person on the left is a guy or a girl (or something in between), but I’m guessing he/she enjoyed a comfortable upbringing.

Per tradition, I close with my favorite item. And it is perfectly captures why there was bad parenting in the preceding example.

Though my daughter (who was raised properly) is going through her obligatory leftist-millennial phase, so I shouldn’t be pointing too many fingers.

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It’s been since January that I shared some politician humor, so let’s augment our collection.

We’ll start with this bit of mockery, which also happens to be a very accurate depiction of how politicians actually think.

Next is a meme that show how to differentiate ordinary street criminals from the really crafty crooks.

Since we’re on the topic of criminality, the following image asks a very interesting question: Why is it against the law for a campaign to directly give you money in exchange for your vote, but the candidate can promise to give you someone else’s money once the politician is in office?

Something for the “public choice” scholars to investigate.

Our fourth item deals with some political correctness in the National Football League. As you may know the team that used to be known as the “Redskins” is now the “Washington Football Club” while contemplating a new mascot.

Here is a very apt option.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last.

I’m not sure if this discovery was from a graveyard in the D.C. area, or from some other nation, but enjoy.

I vote for Washington, which truly is a “wretched hive” of “scum and villainy.”

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I have plenty of politician humor, collectivism humor, libertarian humor, and gun control humor.

I also have big-government humor and European humor.

But only a very limited collection of economics humor.

Today, we’ll make up for that oversight, starting with this cartoon strip about the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy.

Next we have a cartoon about incentives and the welfare state.

For our third item, I’ve generally cited supply and demand curves when trying to explain “deadweight loss,” but they also explain how prices are determined.

And since they’re a core tool of economics, what better choice for a tattoo?

Our fourth item is about a company that is more worried about stakeholders rather than shareholders.

Last but not least, here’s my favorite item.

It shows what happens if economists are very sinful during their lives.

To be fair, while it’s very common for Krugman to screw up, he’s not always wrong.

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It’s been almost three months since I shared some satiric images about government.

So let’s rectify that oversight with five new items.

We’ll start with some very wise words from Forest Gump (not the imposter).

The second item in today’s collection sort of reminds me of this “shovel” cartoon about Keynesian economics.

Both involve pointless gestures that will never produce results.

I don’t think I need to add any commentary to this next photo.

I shared a cartoon many years ago suggesting that organized crime and government have a lot in common.

Here’s a different view.

Per tradition, I’ve saved my favorite example for the conclusion.

The lower-right frame may not be proof of a stroke, but it’s definitely evidence of brain damage of some kind.

Remember, you’ve asked a very strange question if government is the answer.

P.S. My full collection of amusing images (and cartoons) about government can be viewed here.

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Time for some more humor about America’s most lovable minority.

We’ll start with a guy who must have raided his friend’s “jewelry box.”

Next, libertarians were in favor of Juneteenth, and not just because slavery was an awful policy of government.

For our third item, the Babylon Bee has an amusing story about nine warning signs that your kid is becoming a libertarian. Here are the ones I especially liked.

You should be closely involved in your teen’s life to make sure he doesn’t suddenly start believing in freedom and personal responsibility. Make sure to constantly check for these…warning signs: …2. He asks for his allowance in Bitcoin. – Dogecoin can also be a red flag. …4. You check under his mattress and sure enough, he’s been hiding the worst thing imaginable: a copy of Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. – Talk to your kids about Sowell before it’s too late. …6. You catch him texting girls “Taxation is theft.” – Always check your kids’ electronic devices so you can be alerted to these telltale signs of libertarianism. …8. You get a call from school that he got thrown out of economics class again for arguing with his teacher about the unsustainability of the U.S. Dollar and the failure of Keynesian economics. – Trouble at school might mean he’s been radicalized by the Austrian school of economics. …9. He has no friends. – This is perhaps the surest sign of all.

Next, here’s why people who pay taxes should be libertarians.

By the way, this isn’t satire. I actually wrote about this example of foolish government back in 2017.

The only good news – at least for American readers – is that this example of waste is from Canada.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last. Here’s a worried left-wing parent dealing with a potentially rebellious child.

There is a debate about Rand’s contribution to the cause of liberty. I’m not an Objectivist or a Randian, but I think everyone should read Atlas Shrugged.

In any event, there is some good Rand-themed humor.

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What’s the difference between a socialist and a communist?

If we’re using the technical definition of socialism (government ownershipcentral planning, and price controls), there’s no difference. At least with regards to economics.

But most people don’t use the technical definition. There are plenty of self-described socialists who simply want higher tax rates and a bigger welfare state.

I disagree with their preferred policies, but I don’t assume they are bad people.

By contrast, I automatically assume that self-described communists are despicable human beings. After all, what sort of person identifies with an ideology that has caused 100 million deaths?

Which is why socialism humor usually mocks the naivete of supporters while communism humor highlights the moral blindness of supporters.

Such as this meme.

There’s a special place in hell (much deserved) for the vapid young people who wear Che t-shirts.

Speaking of vapid young people, here’s an article from the Babylon Bee, the nation’s top site for political satire.

According to sources, local high-school senior and avowed radical communist Kazden McChitterly is “a bit unsettled” after discovering the hammer and sickle from the insignia he proudly wears on his t-shirts and knit hats represents hard physical labor. “Wait– that’s an actual hammer? Like the kind you swing?” said McChitterly nervously. …Witnesses say he grew even more uncomfortable when he found out about the sickle. “I thought it was just a weapon used to gloriously cut down our capitalist foes!” he exclaimed after discovering it was actually used to gather grain for the government during 20-hour workdays in the bitter cold. …He relaxed, however, after his history teacher explained that “democratic communism” hasn’t yet been tried and is way better than the old communism that involved a lot of work and starvation.

I’m not sure about the identity of this guy, but he’s probably a relative of this libertarian.

Needless to say, we shouldn’t actually be dropping communists from helicopters. Forcing them to live in a communist hellhole such as North Korea or Cuba would be a more appropriate punishment.

Here’s my favorite item from today’s collection, since it accurately captures one of the big internal contradictions of Marxism.

As I noted yesterday, people are imperfect. We tend to be greedy, for instance.

But capitalism at least channels greed productively. We have to serve others if we want wealth. With communism, however, ruling others (and impoverishing them) is the only source of wealth.

Heck, even voluntary forms of Marxism don’t work.

P.S. Here’s a quiz that tells you the extent to which you have communist thoughts (I was offended that I scored 6 percent).

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Socialism has a track record of failure.

And that’s true whether we’re using the technical definition of socialism (government ownership of the means of production), the fascist version (nominal private ownership but government control), or the Bernie/AOC version (confiscatory taxation and pervasive redistribution).

But the silver lining to the policy disaster is that we get some amusing memes to augment our collection.

Such as this observation on voting habits.

And here’s a good depiction of those who realize government doesn’t do a good job at anything, but nevertheless think it should have more power.

Since socialism and big government have never produced a single example of success, I think this meme is spot on.

I almost didn’t include this joke because the idiots holding the sign incorrectly equate Trump with capitalism, but the applause from Mao and Stalin makes it worthwhile.

This next meme is also a good way of describing Keynesian economics.

I don’t know if this next claim is completely true since there are example of defecting spies, but it’s safe to say that the entire flow of ordinary people is away from socialism and toward (relative) capitalism

I mentioned at the start of this column that there are different definitions of socialism, at least from a policy perspective.

Well, here’s the common theme for all of them.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last.

This one strikes home for me since I’ve dated some left-of-center women over the past couple of decades.

I confess I generally don’t try to convert them, especially early in a relationship.

Though I have eventually shared copies of Atlas Shrugged in hopes of turning them into future Margaret Thatchers.

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There are some very serious moral, practical, and constitutional arguments against gun control.

But I’m a big believer in also using satire to make the case for the 2nd Amendment.

And that’s the purpose of today’s column, which starts with this reminder – as Ron Swanson told us – that bad guys don’t care about laws.

Our second item involves a woman who obviously never studied logic or history.

Makes me wonder if she’s also the woman holding the Trump sign in this column?

Our third item also pokes fun at the logic (or lack thereof) of our leftist friends.

Next, the clever folks at Babylon Bee explain various home-defense strategies for a gun-free world.

Guns are on their way out. And thank goodness! We can’t wait to return to the utopian paradise we lost when guns were invented… Still, once in a great while, you might need to defend yourself against a ne’er-do-well. When those ruffians come kicking your door down, you need to be ready. Here are seven great ways to defend your home against an armed burglar when your guns have all been confiscated.

Here are a few of those options.

Option #3 surely is the best, just as demonstrated in this video.

Yet never forget that there are people who think gun-free zones are a real answer.

Our next item is for guys, especially libertarian guys.

Reminds me of Barbie for Men.

As usual, I’ve saved the best for last. This meme is a helpful reminder that the Bill of Rights wasn’t limited to the technology of 1787.

By the way, this is an encore appearance for the man and woman in the above meme.

P.S. The full collection of gun control satire is available here.

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