Animal Farm

A modern parable. Thanks to Lynne


Wild Pigs…No Truer Words…

So close to the truth that it’s downright scary!!

A thought to remember, Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class.

One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.

When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around. inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

One should always remember two truths:

1. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and

2. You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America & Canada, you might want to share this with your friends.

If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this.

BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut.

Think about this

Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people

who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

Oink, oink.

Have a great Navy day.


4 thoughts on “Animal Farm”

  1. One day perhaps over wings we need to debate this John, because I am not sure I agree with you on this one. Surely some government programs are needed in our society…no?

    1. Of course but it is getting out of hand now. We need a safety net for sure but the government is taking more and more control out our lives I think. Trans-fat ban, soda pop ban or tax, plastic bag ban, carbon tax, GST (that was supposed to be squashed) etc. That is what I mean here.

      When are you off.

  2. The real question is what are ‘good programs’ and policies that governments SHOULD invest in and which are those designed to make the populous dependent on the handouts. I would suggest that those that resolve, remediate and assist people in bettering themselves (hand ups) are good and those that offer band-aids (hand-outs) as long term or pander to ANY special interest (i.e. are divisive) are bad! Government interfering directly in social engineering and attempting to take over the business world has never resulted in good economic or social decisions. Using Canadian Tax money as ‘candy (corn)-handouts’ and then telling us how much they do for us (with our money) is an exact parallel to the pig story. The difference is that they are using our own “corn” to lure us in and expecting us to adore them for it!!!

    1. Right on. Could not agree more. Social safety net is one thing. The gov’t handouts to buy votes is another. Great documentary about the death of Seattle states that homelessness is an addiction and municipal welfare pandering problem. And it is coming to a Canadian city near you – Vancouver and now Victoria.

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