History's cookbook: The Socialist Soup
Recipe for The Socialist Soup:
4 cups water
1 1/3 (6 ounce) - Belief in a centralized economy
1 teaspoon - Hatred of the free market and corporations
1 teaspoon - Miscellaneous quack economic ideas and fallacies*
1/2 teaspoon - Popularism of our own choosing
1 - Youth movement, stirred.
1 - Megalomania, chopped.
3 teaspoons - Leader-cult that mixes well with the megalomania.
2 ounces - Pacifism and/or War-agression**
Few grains of salt.
Spice the soup with the best spices in the region. People of envy and spite will gladly assist you in finding the most popular spice in the region. Shalom-spice has been popular in the past but please let your imagination go wild on this one.
Put all of the ingredients in a large pot and stir occasionally. Put the lid on and let the soup simmer for as long as it takes and keep the heat up with a constant propaganda of 'everything is going to the dogs'.
Of note: This is a simple recipe but only certified Psychopaths have the right to make this soup.
If the soup won't sell: Kill the chef and start again and preferably use him as a stock cube or broth in the next soup. Also it is possible to use some of the assistants as stock cubes or broth along the way but then they should be called 'traitors' or 'enemies of the people' before they are added to the soup. Of note, the famous Rhoem-broth and the legendary Trotsky-stock cube have been popular in the past.
* Be warned: too much of this ingredient will lead to economic collapse within 5 years. In case you could throw in a couple of 'reformists' but they will reveal themselfs for sure, they always do, and if that does not work you can always try one finely chopped capitalism.
** Strangely, sometimes these two unlikely ingredients complement each other quite well.