[Marx, St. Simon, and Smith enjoy a casual evening gamenight together: The three are gathered in a small, softly lit apartment. Plainly furnished and with a worn in feel it could be any of the three. They are conversing easily around a small board game table and Smith reaches down into a bag at his feet]
Smith: [while rummaging around] Well…since it is my week to provide entertainment, I have brought choices! Three classic games for us to choose from.… Read the rest here
(Plato appears in Sir Thomas More’s chamber in Henry VIII’s castle)
More: So we meet again, Plato.
Plato: Greetings, Sir More.
M: So what shall the topic be for today’s cross-time continuum conversation?
P: I was thinking about discussing the topic of democracy today.
M: Why not. I’ll let you begin.
P: Let us first define the term democracy. Democracy is a state where freedom reigns supreme as the defining characteristic; the people may live life as they please, may take up any profession they please, and may speak without fear of unlawful censorship or persecution.… Read the rest here
The Pessimist and the Optimist
(Plato has invited Sir Thomas More in his abode for an intellectual discussion)
Sir Thomas More(T)
T: Hello, and thank you for having me this evening.
P: Greetings to you too. The pleasure is all mine as I do enjoy having these discussions that contribute to our understanding of the world.
T: Even so, I mean, a person of your stature couldn’t possibly have the leisure to entertain a fellow like me.… Read the rest here
Plato and More meet to discuss the idea of democracy as a form of government.
Plato: A democracy being a proper form of government – you cannot be serious Thomas.
More: Yes I am quite serious. It will allow for the country to prosper and for the citizens to elect officials and create a society full of happiness.
P: Democracy is a joke and does not work. Look at the state and Greece and Athens right now.… Read the rest here
Marx: We are gathered here today to discuss our current economic, political, and social situation.
Smith: Politics? Social situation? I’m only here to talk about economics….
Marx: Well Smith when you improve the lives of citizens, and arrange politics so that it will benefit the people, economics will also improve.
Smith: Marx I’d have to disagree. You must first improve the economy in order to improve the lives of citizens.
Marx: But Smith the history of all societies has always been a struggle between classes: the struggle between the oppressed and the oppressor!… Read the rest here
[Karl Marx sits in the hallway of his dorm room. Claud de Rouvroy, who goes by “Simon”, trips over Marx’s outstretched feet.]
K: [quickly pulls his feet back] Ooh, sorry, man!
S: [getting up] Don’t worry about it… er, what are you doing?
K: I’m locked out of my room… Adam’s MIA. Have you seen him?
S: [dropping his bag and sitting down] Nah, not since Econ this morning. I’m kind of glad, though… it got a little intense today.… Read the rest here
Thomas More and Plato, two old friends, run into one another at a Starbucks one day.
Plato: Is that—It can’t be… Thomas More?! Long time no see! How long has it been? Five years?
More: Plato! Wow good so see you, how have you been?
P: Not so good actually. My teacher, Socrates was unjustly executed for his teachings, or as they put it “corrupting of young minds.”
M: Yeah man I heard about that. I’m so sorry.… Read the rest here
The year is 2012, and St. Simon and Adam Smith appear in the corporate headquarters of a multi-national corporation known for its sleek computers and cell phones. Both are interviewing for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The two men acknowledge each other and sit in a terse silence while waiting to be called in to their interviews. Smith turns on CNN to lessen the tension.
St. Simon: Ha! Look at that. The employees in our China plant are revolting again.… Read the rest here
Karl Marx arrives for his first day of work in a factory, only to find that Adam Smith happens to own the factory.
Marx: You’re kidding me, right?
Marx: I’m taking on this factory job to, you know, unite with the proletariat and stuff, and I get landed with Adam Smith as my boss. This is just too perfect.
Marx: Well, I spend every flipping day inciting workers to unite against the bourgeoisie, and actually see that they are part of one big, sad, oppressed class.… Read the rest here
Two men sit at the bar, each contemplating his respective drink. Across from the two, in a booth on the other side of the dark room, a group of factory workers sits down. It is the end of their day; the workers are tired men, wearing rags and clearly exhausted, but nonetheless making jokes and laughing.
Karl Marx: This is truly a sad sight. I know the pain that those ironworkers and smelters must be feeling.… Read the rest here