10 Types Of Government Explained In Stick Figures

And now for something completely different

Many of those who read this blog have children, and eventually it becomes necessary to explain to them the difference between the various political and economic systems which are established in different parts of the world.  Yes, someday your little girl will have to learn that there are political leadership positions other than the Princess, and it’s better if she learns that from you than from her friends.  But talking about politics and socioeconomics doesn’t have to be a difficult conversation, and, to make it even easier, here is a manual to explain 10 different types of government in the simple stick-figure pictures.

Let’s imagine some ideal country, and picture it as a stick figure, where the left leg is the government, the right leg is private enterprise, so that they balance each other and carry the rest of the country…


And here’s how the actual political and socioeconomic systems work:









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An Ostensibly Funny Commentary* of the Recent News and Events. (* warning! may not actually be funny or a commentary. Also, since I am not quite sure what "ostensibly" means, it might not be "ostensibly" either.) Blogging at listofx.com
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69 Responses to 10 Types Of Government Explained In Stick Figures

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    Almost educational. Need to review my subscription 🙂


  2. Pencils sharpened.
    Legs shaved.
    When’s the test?


  3. Brilliant!
    You sir are a genius!


  4. Sign Here Pls... says:

    These stick figures don’t look very PG rated? 🙂


  5. rossmurray1 says:

    Sir, I applaud, you mad political scientist you!


  6. The Cutter says:

    The more I think about it, the more I think all government systems come down to one question: What’s in it for me?


    • List of X says:

      Just the lesser evil, if we’re lucky, I guess.
      By the way, speaking of what’s in it for you, The Cutlet was one of those princess-obsessed girls I was talking about. 🙂


  7. Amaya says:

    Reblogged this on BrabbleRabble and commented:
    I return to WordPress only to bring you the brilliant work of another! This shall be part of my educational arsenal for the kiddies and quite a few of my adult friends. Love you, X!!


  8. MissFourEyes says:

    Haha! This is better than any economics lesson. You are brilliant!


  9. MaximumWage says:

    The nice muscular legs kind of got me turned on. Just FYI


  10. Holy shit I bust up laughing at this post. Your primer is wonderful.
    Luckily my daughter, who is now a college student, took my values with her and is now a serial killer. No wait. She is a progressive. My prayers were answered, pretty amazing for an atheist. The spawn of my loins tuned out with a mind for critical thinking and objectivity.

    Once again just dug this.


  11. Carrie Rubin says:

    Ha, this is brilliant. Loved the redacted bit. Very clever post!


  12. This might be the most brilliant thing I have ever seen.


  13. LOL! The unicorn for libertarian was my absolute FAVORITE. Spot on!


    • List of X says:

      I know one place where libertarian ideals of complete freedom of explession, movement and association, and no government controls are the reality. This place is called “jungle”.


  14. Sherry says:

    well done! well done indeed!


  15. btg5885 says:

    Excellent work. This could be a Political Science quiz question – draw a line to the picture that best represents….


  16. rarasaur says:

    *high five* The Best Use of Stick Figures Award should exist, and be awarded directly to you.


  17. I eagerly await the next ten things you explain with stick figures.


  18. Ape No. 1 says:

    Awesome! Ten things I liked about this post
    1- the little ball fists on the republican holding the chain saw
    2- attention to detail on chainsaw blade
    3- hilarious notion of “Normal Country”
    4- socialism’s invisible bar stool
    5- original use of German cyclist legs to explain politics
    6- best representation of anarchy in a stick figure
    7- stick-tank man is a crack up
    8- first political blog post where unicorn was an appropriate conclusion
    9- it inspired me to almost come up with ten things
    10- Umm … err … all of the above I guess?


  19. Kylie says:

    Oh, I love this! So funny!!!


  20. Binky says:

    Wombieism is the only way to go. Government by chocolate.


  21. renxkyoko says:

    I haven’t been getting an update from your blog. I checked out my subscritption , and it was on ON. Ugh. WP glitch, I guess. Cheers .


  22. EagleAye says:

    Brilliant! Positively brilliant!


  23. You should write a textbook !


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