26. May, 2017

TAKE A CARD

TAKE A CARD.

Ever wondered why a few own so much with the power that brings, while the rest of us own so little? Take a pack of cards…

Now imagine you are living in an area of high unemployment (as you might well be). I move into your area, establish a factory (remember what they were?) and one of my chain of superstores.

Otherwise out of work you apply to me for a job. I am only too happy to employ you, so on the first working day of the next week you report to my factory.

I put you in charge of a machine. Take one playing card to represent its value.

I next provide you with raw materials. Take two playing cards to represent their value.

You work hard through the week and thanks to your efforts, those raw materials once worth two playing cards are now worth four playing cards as manufactured products.

In front of you there should now be five playing cards of value.

Pay Day. Four of them belong to me (machine + worth of finished products) so start a pile of what is mine while I give you one playing card for wages to start your own pile.

Obviously you have to spend your wages to live, but where do you spend them? Who owns the brand new superstore in your area, you or me or others like me wherever shops are to be found? Right, so put your one card onto my pile of four cards. How many wealth cards have you got?

. I am only too happy to employ you so on the first working day of the next week you report to my factory.

I put you in charge of a machine. Take one playing card to represent its value.

I next provide you with raw materials. Take two playing cards to represent their value.

You work hard and thanks to your efforts, those raw materials once worth two playing cards are now worth four playing cards as manufactured products.

In front of you there should now be five playing cards of value.

Pay Day. Four of them belong to me (machine + worth of finished products) so start a pile of what is mine while I give you one playing card for wages to start your own pile.

Obviously you have to spend your wages to live, but where do you spend them? Who owns the brand new superstore in your area, you or me or others like me wherever shops are to be found? Right, so put your one card onto my pile of four cards. How many wealth cards have you got left?

. I am only too happy to employ you so on the first working day of the next week you report to my factory.

I put you in charge of a machine. Take one playing card to represent its value.

I next provide you with raw materials. Take two playing cards to represent their value.

You work hard and thanks to your efforts, those raw materials once worth two playing cards are now worth four playing cards as manufactured products.

In front of you there should now be five playing cards of value.

Pay Day. Four of them belong to me (machine + worth of finished products) so start a pile of what is mine while I give you one playing card for wages to start your own pile.

Obviously you have to spend your wages to live, but where do you spend them? Who owns the brand new superstore in your area, you or me or others like me wherever shops are to be found? Right, so put your one card onto my pile of four cards. How many wealth cards have you got?

Now carry on this process for as long as you like.

What difference is there between my pile of wealth cards and your pile of wealth cards?

I THOUGHT SO!


(For a much better rendition of this, do read “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” by Robert Tressel…an old book but although the names and the faces might be different, the people are the same.)