Tuesday, December 22, 2009

an old American joke about class and capitalism (via Mark Twain)

In Boston they ask, How much does he know? in New York, How much is he worth? in Philadelphia, Who were his parents?


  1. That's more about class than capitalism, but there is an old capitalist joke: What's the difference between capitalism and communism? Under communism, man exploits man; under capitalism, it's the other way around.

  2. For me, class and capitalism intersect in the New York part of the joke.

  3. There's a Georgia version, too. One variation.

    In Atlanta, they ask what you do.
    In Augusta, they ask what's your handicap.
    In Macon, they ask where you go to church.
    In Savannah, they ask what are you drinking . . . .

  4. Joel, I've always heard that credited as a joke from Soviet Russia.