The following jokes are from "No Laughing Matter" by Steven Lukes of Oxford and Itzhak Gelnoor of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The selections are from the June 5, 1989 issue of Newsweek (review by George F. Will).
His Father: Everyone will have what he needs.
LB: But what if there is a shortage of meat?
HF: There will be a sign in the butcher shop saying, "No one needs meat today."
Deng Xiaoping tells Gorbachev that three demands must be met before relations can improve. First, China wants 100 million tons of coal. "Agreed," says Gorbachev. And 20 new ships. "Done," says Gorbachev. And a million bicycles. "Impossible," says Gorbachev. "But why?" asks Deng. "Because," says Gorbachev, "the Poles don't make bicycles."