Freeman

ARTICLE

The United Nations or

NOVEMBER 01, 1959 by H.P.B. JENKINS

 

Economist at Fayetteville, Arkansas

It was a cold November day

At story-telling time.

Old Kaspar closed the windows tight

and poured a rum-and-lime,

While Peterkin and Wilhelmine

Warmed up the television screen.

 

They saw a straggling line of men

Who toiled with bleeding hands

To build a lofty, solid wall

Across the shifting sands;

While men in red from foot to crown

Worked just as hard to tear it down.

 

And sweeping in against the wall,

Like waves upon the shore,

Came lines of howling men in red,

And more and more and more;

Until the wall began to rock

And fall apart beneath the shock.

 

"Now tell us what it’s all about!"

Cried little Peterkin.

"It’s the United Nations, dear,"

Said Kaspar with a grin;

"They’re building walls against the Reds,

So we’ll sleep safely in our beds."

 

"Then why do they allow the Reds

To work upon the wall?"

"To chase them off," Old Kaspar said,

"Would never do at all;

For then they never would agree

To help us build Security!"

ASSOCIATED ISSUE

November 1959

comments powered by Disqus

EMAIL UPDATES

* indicates required
Sign me up for...

CURRENT ISSUE

September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
Download Free PDF

PAST ISSUES

SUBSCRIBE

RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION