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Dr. Utopia


While searching the word “utopia” on YouTube, I ran across this adorable anti-communist propaganda piece from the late 40’s.

Dr. Utopia, the snake-oil salesman tries to sell his miracle cure, “Ism” to the disgruntled Laborer, Manager, Politician and Farmer.

Oddly enough, I found two different YouTube users trying to sell this bit of history as relevant today. One user claimed that the “Ism” was State Capitalism and tried to draw a parallel to the current U.S. administration. The other user (correctly, given the historical context) claimed that the “Ism” was Communism.

I guess the very concept of a Utopia often carries with it the implication of Communism or Socialism. Personally, I would prefer the kind of economy in which small enterprises, owned by the community, work together under a capitalist model.

When I was about 6 years old, with the Cold War twitching its last dance little death throes, I asked my mother what Communism was. She explained it to me thusly:

Let’s say you’re working in a field with other people, picking strawberries. At the end of the day, everybody puts their strawberries together and then the strawberries are divided up equally among all of the people. That’s Communism. Sounds fair, doesn’t it? Well, let’s say there are some people who don’t work as hard as you do. The number of berries over all will be less, but those people who don’t work as hard still get the same amount of berries as you do. That doesn’t seem fair, does it?

This has forever colored my opinion of Communism. It sounds like a nice idea, but it fails to take into account human nature and the fact that some people are just selfish and lazy.

  1. Diamond permalink
    20/11/2007 10:35 pm

    So is WordPress a lot better?

  2. Ngener permalink
    21/11/2007 3:57 am

    I enjoyed watching that clip. I have quite a collection of recent books on the fall of communism and enjoyed seeing this.

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