So, a Socialist, a Capitalist and a Communist walk into a bar…
The Socialists argues that as the landlord has more beer than him, he should share it by providing a pint for free, and that if he is voted into power he will ensure that no capitalist will be able to take advantage of him ever again. The landlord dutifully agrees and provides a pint.
The Capitalist argues that as the landlord is operating a commercial enterprise a levy is applicable of a free pint, and that if he is voted in, he will ensure that levies are kept low for those that contributed the most. The landlord dutifully agrees.
The Communist argues that as all the landlords beer is owned by the state he is obliged to give him a pint for free, and that it is his right to be in charge so the landlord will not need to vote, will therefore have less to worry about and have a better life by simply doing as he is told. The landlord dutifully agrees.
The moral of the story is…
Whilst the 3 political standpoints spend the evening arguing about who is right, and drinking the landlords beer, the only one out of pocket is the person who has actually done all the work.
About the author
Martin Knowles has worked in a variety of sectors in Learning and Development roles and Contracts for nearly 20 years (DSGi, PCWorld, Capital One, Linklaters, Veolia, Severn Trent, Rolls-Royce, Diageo, Selfridges). He has authored content, books and articles for managers and aspiring leaders, published work in multiple media and won awards for Best Training and Development in Europe.