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Capitalism Explained with Cows

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  1. Profile photo of Ally
    December 4, 2014

    This is hilarious and a pretty accurate description of capitalism around the world, at least what I know of it. I know for certain the American one was accurate. 🙂

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  2. Profile photo of Nikkishea
    December 2, 2014

    This is absolutely hilarious, and to think that i was hesitant in reading the article because i suspected some boring financial conversation about something that i would not understand any at all.

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  3. Profile photo of Florence Dupuis
    December 1, 2014

    Oh great Lord, I don’t think I have ever found economics so amusing before!
    The American one was so true, and so was the swedish, about actually having nothing but charging everyone for storage. Nope, no one is pointing at you great banks of Swidzerland…
    I just loved the last one… “that one is kind of cute”…. So true.
    I hope to find more articles like this on here, because the was actually really fun, and in a way, educational.

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  4. Profile photo of Allison
    November 28, 2014

    Thank you. I needed that chuckle. I loved that article. Capitalism should be as simple as the first written paragraph. The milk rights sentence made me howl with laughter.

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  5. Profile photo of bigbrain50
    November 27, 2014

    Jamaican Capitalism

    You have two cows, but they aren’t your cows, they are your master’s cows and you feed and care and milk the cows, but the master takes all the milk and sells it and keeps all the profit, till he gets rich and buys younger cows with more milk, thanks to the two cows that you raised and cared for and milked, then he “sets you free” with the old cows who hardly produce any milk at all anymore, when you fail to make a living he lends you money knowing full well you don’t have the means to pay him back, then he sends the Internal Milking Farmers to “help” you, but they just make things worse.

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    • Profile photo of Nikkishea
      December 2, 2014

      more like having two cows and taking care of them and having to buy the milk for an outrageous price and when you complain the cows are taken away from you and you are banned from milk!

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  6. Profile photo of Natalie
    November 27, 2014

    Well, I thought it was pretty funny! Sure, it draws upon stereotypes and it may be a little bit racist, but the I think the way to dispel hate is to have laugh at ourselves. Consider it to be satire. If you’re teaching students and know they’re open-minded, this may be a good way to introduce to internation current events as well.

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  7. Profile photo of Cristian
    November 26, 2014

    This seems like a unique approach on an old matter. The article seems to have a bit of racism, but I think that it’s only for fun’s sake.

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  8. Profile photo of Scott
    November 21, 2014

    Hmm, so it seems that ultimate cowpitalism would be found if German and Japanese engineering departments got together to make a 1/10th height cow and bull that both live 100 years and produces the milk of twenty cows (Yes, even the bull)… then breed them prolifically and store 5000 of them with the Swiss for safe keeping.

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    • Profile photo of bigbrain50
      November 27, 2014

      This might be the best thing I’ve ever read, and I’ve read several Steven King novels and G R R Martin novels too

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  9. Profile photo of Jani
    November 19, 2014

    Very funny and my favorite was the Russian version. The American version is spot on as well.

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  10. Profile photo of jessica posh
    November 17, 2014

    I thought the British mad cows was the best one. I actually laughed out loud. The others were great to, but the British joke was on the inside.

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  11. Profile photo of Jason Chinnis
    November 10, 2014

    I think the whole capitalist thing with Germany was funny. 100 years of longevity for those cows is a long time lol. I just think that the author of this article wanted to make people laugh.

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  12. Profile photo of Wexxi Merritt
    November 6, 2014

    You know, I really liked this article. It “broke things down” into nice manageable pieces. I’ve lived in cities where there is a wide variety of various types of trade going on, and reading this article has helped me to understand certain things better, believe it or not.

    Some people “get” worldwide finances, so of us do not. This wrapped things up neatly.
    Of course not saying that all people living in a certain country do the same thing.

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  13. Profile photo of Dora
    November 5, 2014

    When I was young, a hundred years ago or more, there was an email circular explaining all forms of government with cows which I always found hilarious. I’ve had a google and it’s here: http://www.extremelysmart.com/humor/cowsexplain.php

    Maybe it’s because it’s tax form time here, but I liked:

    Bureaucracy: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

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  14. Profile photo of Sara Emeka
    November 4, 2014

    What a wonderful and bovine explanation of capitalism! The Russian one had me laughing out loud. I was actually curious about the Canadian capitalism and was disappointed on its jab at the culture itself.
    Really funny article though, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Profile photo of Kim
    November 4, 2014

    That is hysterical! If I was a teacher I would seriously use this in the class room to lighten the mood an also get people thinking in a more creative way about the subject. I love how well they described how it goes in America with the wealthy who somehow get so much wealthier. I would say that is pretty accurate.

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  16. Profile photo of Vet
    November 3, 2014

    I was searching for articles under Finance, and ‘lo and behold, I found this one! I initially didn’t think I’ll dig the article because I’ve forgotten my university lessons on capitalism. But man this is anything but the serious capitalism discussion. I truly had a good laugh! My top 3 best laughs are definitely 1) The Swiss 2) The Chinese 3) Japanese.

    Awesome post! I’d wish there’s a SHARE button to post on FB, hehe…

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    • Profile photo of Vet
      November 3, 2014

      oopps, my bad. there is an FB share button. got too excited, i went directly to the reply box and skipped the share buttons.

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  17. Profile photo of Flatlander
    November 3, 2014

    I love how the Japanese and German versions of bovine engineering actually somehow reflect the sort of improvements that both nations often strive for. The Japanese are obsessed with efficiency and miniaturization, perhaps a manifestation of the space-saving culture endemic to their society. The German cow on the other hand seems to represent the German valuation of durability and automation.

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  18. Profile photo of Rhoda D'Ettore
    November 3, 2014

    This was freaking hysterical! People need to learn to take a joke. It is still possible to laugh at stereotypes without being offensive. The USA, German, and French are so true! Those French chopped of the king’s head—the king ordained by God. What do you think they will do to lying politicians?

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  19. Profile photo of Rachel
    November 3, 2014

    Hmmm… this is definitely a work of creative writing. But I feel it is racially / culturally biased and makes assumption on being based on their race or culture alone. Just my two cents. Just because someone if of a certain race or culture doesn’t mean they will act a certain way. I don’t think this is extremely racist, but could be offensive to many. Just my thoughts.

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    • Profile photo of Adryenn Ashley
      November 3, 2014

      Yes, I thought it was borderline, but landed on the more funny than racist side. I laughed because I totally know people exactly like this!

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      • Profile photo of Wexxi Merritt
        November 6, 2014

        I agree with you that this is more funny than racist. Of course this article is not saying that ALL Americans do this, or ALL Italians do that, it is speaking in generalizations, I guess the word word be. Funny and pretty informative actually.

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        • Profile photo of Florence Dupuis
          December 1, 2014

          I agree… This is not racist at all. I am a Canadian, and a french canadian at that, and I did not take any offense there. And I mean, towards who could that be racist and from who? Even Americans are mocked here, and in my eye, they are mocked more than the other countries, so it’s more like laughing at one’s self than racism or discrimination. Sometimes, people just want to see offense everywhere, even where there really is nothing to be offensed about.

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