A reader writes:
Your post reminded me of a joke which was ubiquitous in Russia when I started working with refuseniks in the early 1980's. It would usually be whispered after furtive glances to the left and right:
"So, comrades, we know that capitalism is the stage that follows mercantilism, that socialism is the stage that follows capitalism, and that communism is the stage that follows socialism. But what is the stage that follows communism?" "Answer: alcoholism."