Animal Farm 1.1: Even Proletariat Used the Internet
|Dsytopian Literature||Animal Farm|
in unequal shares. The German economists Karl Marx and Frederick [Karl and Frederick appear on a cobbled street]
Engels were so upset about this inequality that they wrote the famous Communist Manifesto,
encouraging the proletariat to give the boot to the bourgeois.
Don’t worry about those fancy words. Just think of it as the haves and the have nots.
Marx and Engels thought that if you spread money all over the field, everyone will benefit [Marx and Engels throwing money from bags on a field]
from the growing bounty. You know, like manure.
But even the best manure stinks. We’ll sniff that out later.
For now, let’s talk about this communism that Marx and Engels were selling. [Marx and Engel on a street wearing sandwich boards]
Or… giving out for free. In a nutshell, or a borscht bowl, it’s about
treating everyone as equals and paying everyone the same so that nobody gets behind…or ahead. [A hand drops food in equal amounts into three bowls]
There are no rulers, no private property, and certainly no Jimmy Choos.
Everyone shares the same medicore pie equally. But it’s mostly just crust.[People at a table with an equal portion of pie]
Don’t like capitalism or communism? What about socialism?
You grab a little capitalism, mix it with a dash of communism and, voilà, you’ve [A family cooking together]
got a dish of… Well, that depends on who’s cooking it…
There are different recipes, but the main ingredient is equality. [A judge staring at sugary food treats]
Still doesn’t suit your taste? How about this box of totalitarianism?
Hmmm. There’s nothing but crumbs in this box. Oh, that’s because someone came in
and stole the whole pie because he was mean and scary and nobody could stop him. [A man eats an entire pie]
To review, here’s how the pie is sliced:
Capitalism is the whole pie shared in big chunks and tiny slivers.
Socialism is the whole pie shared more evenly.
Communism is the pie crust shared equally.
There is no rewarding filling. [Capitalism, Socialism and Communism with slices of pie]
You get the same amount of pie, whether or not you ate your veggies.
Totalitarianism is pie for the dictators, crumbs for everyone else.
Now back to Animal Farm and that stinky manure. [Marx and Engel on a farm with bags of coins]
The revolution at the farm started out with good intentions.
The animals intended to work their farm together, share all the fruits of their labor equally, [Lots of cows together]
be kind to each other, be honest, and stay sober.
You create a vacuum when you suck the air out of a jar. Right?
Well, nature hates a vacuum.
Something always rushes in to fill it as soon as it gets a chance. [Engel holding a vacuum and his face turns purple]
And that’s what happened when all the rulers were removed from Animal Farm. New rulers
(the pigs!) just came sneaking in to fill the emptied space. [Pigs heads appear on a farm]
Gradually, these hogs became indistinguishable from the evil humans they overthrew.
Animal Farm was no longer communist. It was totalitarian.
The only one left unaffected was the cat. [A ginger cat lying on the grass]
Anybody else hungry for some pie?