Animal Farm 1.13: Communists Care
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|Dsytopian Literature||Animal Farm|
We’re sure you do…, but here’s a refresher, just in case.
A stateless society. There shouldn’t be powerful people with authority over the populace. [Powerful people hit with a gavel]
Instead, everybody works for the common good,
everybody is treated with respect, and everybody shares the fruits of their collective labor.
Egalitarianism. That’s a fancy word meaning everybody is equal. There isn’t supposed
to be rich or poor. And nope, no middle class, either. [Communists standing together]
Everybody is supposed to be equal. Without private property, nobody has more than anybody else.
Classless. Equality doesn’t just refer to money and bling and stuff. [Communists holding pile of money]
A classless society doesn’t have kings and queens, czars and supreme leaders.
It has comrades.
We’re all in this together….a la High School Musical. [Communists on stage and curtain closes]
Freedom from Oppression. If you don’t agree with someone, you don’t have to be afraid
of freezing to death in a Siberian slave camp or disappearing in the Great Purge. [Communists freezing in the cold]
Collectivism. Everyone sits around the campfire,
hashes out the issues, and decides how to handle them. S’mores optional, but appreciated. [Guys round a campfire eating s'mores]
So, communists really do care about creating a new society, even if they have to kill off
all the rich and powerful to do it.
It’s the regimes like totalitarianism and fascism that don’t care – the kinds of
government that take over when communist ideals are subverted by corruption.
Let’s see. Do any of the communist countries live up to our list of ideals? [Map of the Earth]
Well, Russia isn’t even on the list.
Is China a “Communists Care” country? Nope. It’s got leaders, rich people, poor
people, private property, knock-offs, and tons of tchotchkes.
Cuba. Hey, they’ve got a president, vice president, and a whole bunch of ministers. [President and Vice-President of Cuba appear]
And don't forget the cigars so famous that John F. Kennedy hoarded a bunch before he
slapped a trade embargo on the country. Laos. Um, they’ve got a secretary general,
a president, and a prime minister. That doesn’t sound very stateless to us.
Besides, people own property. [A private property]
That’s red flag number one right there. Or should we say not-red flag?
North Korea. If there were a parallel today to Stalin’s Russia, this would be it.
With the whole laundry list of propaganda, rule by terror, oppression, their very own version [list of propaganda for North Korea]
of “Spontaneous Demonstrations,” and the people’s adoration of their hot-looking leader, this
place is like a Stalin-era clone. Vietnam is similar to Laos. It has a president, [President and Prime Minister of Vietnam appear by a river]
a prime minister, and a market economy where people own things, unlike a collective economy
where the state owns things. It’s much more pink than red.
So what the heck is going on here? We call all these countries communist, but according
to our “Communists Care” meter, they aren’t. [Communist care meter moves to a low reading]
What’s up with that? Well, they all have one political party…and
that makes it easy for the party to stay in control and rule without opposition.
And what about them is like Animal Farm? They all morphed into regimes that have authoritarian [Windmill spinning]
rule, rely heavily on propaganda, and practice various degrees of oppression, despite potentially
good intentions at the start. So, communists started out caring about their
ideals. They just got lost on the road to “how do we do this?” and were left eating [Communists left in a desert and car rides off]
the dust of the power grabbers.