The Lost Dialogues of Duffy’s Tavern

Ed Gardner as Archie in Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern: Archie runs for political office (full episode)

[After heavy campaigning]
EDDIE: What did you promise capital?

ARCHIE: More capital.

EDDIE: What did you promise labor?

ARCHIE: More labor.

EDDIE: What did you promise the little man?

ARCHIE: A little woman.

[Speaking to Ward Healer]
ARCHIE: I’d like to do something for the poor people. I’d like to take it away from the rich n’ give it to the poor.

HEALER: But Arch, you take the money from the rich, what happens? The rich become poor.

ARCHIE: I know, but if you’re rich it don’t matter.

Why Was It Something About Which to Laugh?

In 1951, when this radio comedy aired, the concept of redistribution of wealth was a joke. Although redistribution had been taking place at least since the creation of the Federal Reserve, the American public still laughed at it as if it was a joke.

It is now sixty years later. That which was once a joke is now serious. The entertainment industry now makes jokes about those who would restrict or even halt the redistribution of wealth within and outside the United States. Considering how redistribution schemes have caused much of our financial crisis, I would still consider the concept a joke; however, who is laughing now?


About haroyce

Royce is an aspiring writer of fantasy, history, philosophy, and theology. He earned his BS in History from Cedarville College, and his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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