Economics Lesson

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, an American journalist wanted to learn how the Russians were adapting capitalist practices to their former communist system. He heard many interesting success stories, including one about the richest man in Russia. Nobody knew much about him, so the journalist decided to find him and interview him.

Finally he located him, and was astonished to see a work-worn peasant dressed in rags and living in a rundown shack with no plumbing or electricity.

"How can you, a humble peasant, be the richest man in Russia?" he demanded.

"This is the only way I could be the richest man in Russia," the peasant replied. "Other rich men think they have to live like rich men."