Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Introduction To Socialism 101

Tonight's repeat of Seinfeld carried as good a definition of socialism as I have ever read or heard outside the pages of the Socialist Standard. Trust me, it's sowing the seeds and, with a few more repeats of that episode, I can say with assured confidence that I will see socialism in my lifetime. Kramer and Mickey, take it away lads:

KRAMER: Each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

MICKEY: What does that mean?

KRAMER: Well, if you've got needs and abilities that's a pretty good combination.

MICKEY: So what if I want to open up a delicatessen?

KRAMER: There are no delicatessens under Communism.

MICKEY: Why not?

KRAMER: Well, because the meats are divided into a class system. You got Pastrami and Corned Beef in one class and Salami and Bologna in another. That's not right.

MICKEY: So you can't get Corned Beef?

KRAMER: Well, you know, if you're in the Politburo, maybe.

More red propaganda from Seinfeld can be gleaned from this excellent website. MIA better watch out; Looks like there is a new old sheriff in town.


John said...

I note the link to the Seinfield website, but exatly what episode is the chunk of quoted script from?

Reidski said...

I actually missed some of a live football match on the tellie last night to finish watching an old Seinfeld. It involved George and Kramer being mortified that the former's dad had man-boobs and then the latter desinging a man-bra. Utterly hilarious it was, too. Seinfeld, for me, is up there with Soap, the Larry David Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm as one of the best US sit-coms.

The football, bye the way, was pish - Brentford v Oldham - but, as I watch every game that is on the box, missing it is an important event.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

That would be "the Race" episode 96 from season 6 (ep.10).

I would like to say I knew that, but I just googled a couple of key words.

Reidski said...

That should, of course, read "Larry Sanders Show", Larry David being producer (or is it writer?) of said Seinfeld and creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm