Tuesday, 9 June 2009

President of the Board

Brett Ortler's A Litany of Interesting Things blog contains his letters to the new President of the USA. This one is a strangely agreeable but amusing one about learning about world politics and economics from those family board games that we have all played:

Dear President Obama,

I know we’re in the throes of an economic downturn, so I’ve been trying to think up some ways I could help contribute to the economy and the economic recovery. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I learned a good deal of information from board games—and this information spanned a wide variety of subjects—how to manage a war on several fronts (Risk), the basics of a cutthroat capitalist economy (Monopoly) and that a wide variety of implements can be used in a homicide, and such homicides can occur in any room of the house (Clue). I’ll give you a few examples of what I mean.

I would consider forwarding these pearls to our own Parliamentary leaders, but I fear the only game they ever played was Go for Broke.

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