This is a
not so comprehensive report on the economy around the world and according to several economic systems.
You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other and then throws the milk away.
You have 2 cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
You have 2 cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
Enron Venture Capitalism
You have 2 cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.
Andersen Model Capitalism
You have 2 cows. You shred them.
You have 2 cows. You go on strike, organize a riot and block the roads because you want 3 cows.
You have 2 cows. You redesign them so they are 1/10 the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it worldwide.
You have 2 cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month and milk themselves.
You have 2 cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
You have 2 cows. You count them and learn that you have 5 cows. You count again and learn you have 42 cows. You count again and learn you have 2 cows. You open another bottle of vodka.
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
You have 2 cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reports otherwise.
You have 2 cows. You worship them.
You have 2 cows. Both are mad.
Everyone thinks you have many cows. You tell them you have none but they don’t believe you and bomb the shit out of your country. You still have no cows but at least you are part of a democracy.
New Zealand Capitalism
You have 2 cows. The one on the left is looking pretty sexy…
You have 2 cows. Business seems good. You close the office and go for a few celebratory beers.