June 1, 2009

Video review: capitalist rats, social condition series 1

Capitalism in a box

Maybe you had a classroom pet in your early school days. Well, for the YCL maybe these lab rats in this film should be our official classroom pets. Now, I can't vouch for the proper use of a scientific method, but still, this film is interesting in how a social situation is induced in these rats. The term "rat race" is very literal here as the worker rat runs back and forth only to find its food gobbled up by the capitalist rats who hover around the food tray the way an opportunist hockey player hovers around a goalie in his net.

What the film doesn't show is what variable conditions could make the situation more equal for the rats. What would happen if the worker rat was removed from the situation?

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