# The Spectre of Math

## October 29, 2008

### Socialism

Filed under: Economics,Mathematics,Politics — jlebl @ 10:03 pm

Question: Why are we all socialists?

Answer: Let’s consider $Co$ to be communism and $Ca$ to be capitalism. Anywhere between is really socialism. I.e. The model of any country is $tCo + (1-t) Ca$ for $t \in [0,1]$. Now socialism then corresponds to $t \in (0,1)$. Since no country in the world is either really communist nor really capitalist, the whole world is full of socialists. In particular, both Obama and McCain are socialists, though I guess $t_{obama} < t_{mccain}$.