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Old Jokes Etc.

Jonah, the reason there are “old” Armenian jokes is because, during the Soviet era, they were one of the few tolerated expressions for satirical criticism of the USSR. I learned these jokes – more than I can recount – years ago when I was an exchange student in Leningrad.

For example:

We ask Radio Armenia: What is the difference between American capitalism and Soviet Communism.

Radio Armenia replies: Under American capitalism, man exploits man. By contrast, under Soviet Communism, it’s the other way around.

Or how about:

We ask Radio Armenia: Is socialism a science or an art?

Radio Armenia replies: It must be an art. If it were a science, they would have tested it on animals first.

I don’t actually know if there are new, post-Soviet Armenian jokes. Krikorian, do you know? Anyone out there? Maybe CNN can find an Armenian joke blog.

K-Lo: Yes, Aaron Brown does do that but in fairness he’s giving us a late-night preview of tomorrow’s papers. He’s not tellling us what we would find on our computer screens right at this moment if only … if only what? If only we had a computer? If only we’d stop surfing the porn sites for a half hour?

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...


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