Take a few minutes to watch this cartoon, it is well worth it.
I last saw this cartoon as the “movie day” movie in a public school classroom sometime in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s, but I don't remember which grade or whose class.
I will say this: the "ism" this cartoon warns against is exactly what is being preached today by BOTH our political parties, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. The "issues" that divide them are nothing but puppet theater to distract us from the real and lethal problems that we face. Those are problems that require us to work together, but that cooperation does not contribute to re-election campaigning.
Holding public office has ceased to be a public service, and has instead become a high-dollar for-profit business, especially at the national level. It is also prevalent at the state level, and below in some places. As a result, we typically choose from among various comic-opera buffoon candidates, who are motivated only by selfish interest, instead of real statesmen who would do the people's business in preference to their own.
From the letters I see published in the newspaper, the ridiculous forwarded email "hit pieces", and most of the mainstream media opinion columns and broadcasts, it appears that a majority of the public has fallen for these lies. Furthermore, it appears most of the voting public actually believes the nonsense shouted by these buffoons. That scares the daylights out of me.
If I am right about this, and no one else out there wakes up and sees the real truth, then we are truly doomed.