Politics of Social Stability: Critical and Creative Thinking Approach

I remember when I went to present a paper at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association annual conference in 2005. The introduction of my paper was imbedded with political humor. Here is part of it:

Little Joe approached his father Ben and inquired, “Dad, what is politics?” Dad said, “Well Joe, let me try to explain it in this way: I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me capitalism. Your Mom, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her the Government. We’re here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you the people. The nanny, we’ll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we’ll call him the Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense.” So the little boy went off to bed reflecting on what is Ben had said.

At midnight, Joe heard his baby brother crying, so he got up and went to check on him. He found that that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So little Joe went to his parents’ room and found his mother sound asleep. He decided to wake her, and went to the nanny’s room. He found the nanny’s door securely locked, and so he peeked in the keyhole and found his father in bed with the nanny. He gave up and went back to bed. The next morning, little Joe told Ben, “Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now.” The father said, “Great! Joe, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.” Then little Joe replied, “Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and the Future is in a deep mess.”

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