The state we are in suggests that even our leaders find economics difficult to understand but I have found this layman’s guide very helpful – hope you do too!
You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour.
You have 2 cows. The state takes both and gives you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The state takes both and sells you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The state takes both and shoots you.
You have 2 cows. The state takes both, shoots one, milks the other and then throws the milk away.
You have 2 cows. You sell one, buy a bull, your herd multiplies and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
Royal Bank of Scotland (Adventure) Capitalism:
You have 2 cows. You sell 3 of them to your publicly listed company using letters of credit from your brother in law at the bank. He then executes a debt equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all 4 cows back with a tax exemption for 5 cows. The milk rights of the 6 cows are transfered by intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all 7 cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns 8 cows with an option for one more.
You sell one cow to buy a new President of the USA, leaving you with 9 cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.
You have 2 giraffes. The state requires you to take harmonica lessons.
An American Corporation:
You have 2 cows. You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of 4 cows. Later you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
A Greek Corporation:
You have 2 cows. You borrow billions of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abbatoir, cheese unit and packing sheds. You still only have 2 cows.
A French Corporation:
You have 2 cows. You go on strike, organize a riot and block the roads and ports; because you want 3 cows.
A Japanese Corporation:
You have 2 cows. You redesign them so they are one tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce 20 times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon called Cowkimono and market it world wide.
An Italian Corporation:
You have 2 cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
A Swiss Corporation:
You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
A Chinese Corporation:
You have 2 cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim to have full employment and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
An Indian Corporation:
You have 2 cows. You worship them.
A British Corporation:
You have 2 cows. Both are mad.
An Iraqi Corporation:
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the **** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least you are now a democracy.
An Australian Corporation:
You have 2 cows. Business seems pretty good, you decide to close the office and go for a few beers.
A NewZealand Corporation:
You have 2 cows. The one on the left looks very attractive…