I first came across this poem over on Nan’s Notebook a week or so ago, and it struck a chord with me. It is short and simple, but a more concise explanation of capitalism has never been written. This is rather the concept of “All for one, and one for all”, only with a twist … think of it as “All for one, and one for himself”. Thank you, Dave Henderson, for your generous permission to share your words!
By the strangest of circumstances,
A group of ten previously unknown,
Were deserted in a far off sea,
A tropical isle they now commonly owned.
We must work together, said one;
And together erect ten huts.
If we will only cooperate,
Then we won’t find ourselves in a rut.
We must also gather food,
So each one of us can eat.
We will share what we gather,
At an appointed place we will meet.
Most everyone agreed,
Yet as plans were underway,
A certain man stepped forward,
He had something he wished to say.
Everyone was silent,
As this man made his case,
He said equality is wrong,
Then he volunteered to run the place.
He explained that their plan,
As pleasant as it might seem,
Was actually Socialism,
Contrary to the American Dream.
Cooperation is a liberal plot,
And sharing lacks the appeal,
Of good old fashioned competition,
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