"You have two cows" is a political analogy, form of early 20th century American political satire to describe various economic systems of government and is sometimes considered capitalist propaganda. The setup of a typical joke of this kind is the assumption that the listener lives within a given system and has two cows, a very relatable occupation across countries and national boundaries. The punch line is what happens to the listener and the cows in the system; it offers a brief and humorous take on the subject or locale.A newer variant of the joke cycle compares different peoples and countries.HistoryAn article in The Modern Language Journal lists the following classical ones:
*Socialism: If you have two cows, the Government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
*Communism: If you have two cows, Government takes both and then gives you some milk.
*Fascism: If you have two cows, you keep the cows and give the milk to the Government; then the government sells you so
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