Sure, there’s some good stuff in The Communist Manifesto. And it’s also quite short, so people have no excuse not to read it. But sadly, something was lost in translation (and then some) when the words became real life. I don’t recall anything in Marx and Engels’s mid-Nineteenth Century pamphlet about purges and pogroms, gulags and world domination, and killing 100 million people in the name of The State. Dismal stuff, that. So instead, let’s look at that other Marx, Groucho (no relation to Karl), whose wit and wisdom is still funny, still relevant, as we are still desperately in need of a laugh.
Regarding politics, he opined: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”
“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
See what I mean! Serious universal concerns in the guise of humorous quips that comment on our present-day situation. Not bad, Groucho. He also said, “I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.” Or in this case, a drink. Today’s cocktail, bright red in color, which inspired this whole digression—the world’s best Pomegranate Martini! Enjoy…
THIS WASHROOM BREEDS
1½ parts Citadelle Gin
1 part Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
½ part Pom 100% Pomegranate juice
splash of Shrub District Cranberry Juniper Cocktail Vinegar
Shake over ice. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with dried cranberries on a pick and a well-timed pratfall.