The nature of democracy in our capitalist world: Satirized August 4, 2016Posted by rogerhollander in Capitalism, Democracy, Humor, Political Commentary, Uncategorized, War.
Tags: capitalism, children, corporations, democracy, elections, oligarchy, political cartoon, political humor, political parties, political satire, roger hollander, war
Roger’s note: what I have put together here is a little photo essay on the subject of democracy in our capitalist world.
Many say that in a democracy you get what you deserve. As if there were meaningful choice.
I had an emotional response when I saw this picture. It is our children who will inherit a world permanently at war. This symbolizes their basic nee for a world free of institutionalized violence.
Those with a cynical outlook along with those who profit from our oligarchy would have us believe that there is nothing better.
The corporate reality.
As feudalism was based upon serf labor, capitalism relies on wage slavery. In both cases those who create value do not share the wealth democratically. Not only capitalists but many on the left refuse to recognize that there is a world beyond capitalism, a world of worker democracy.
The fetishism of elections in capitalist democracy.
There are a few meaningful differences between the two major parties, but on the essentials of war and the economy they are virtually indistinguishable.
John Oliver “Smokes” Philip Morris February 27, 2015Posted by rogerhollander in Capitalism, Health.
Tags: advertising, big tobacco, capitalism, corporate crime, john oliver, last week tonight, lung disease, phillip morris, political humor, political satire, public health, roger hollander, smoking, tobacco industry
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Roger’s note: this is really good. John Oliver does a great job of in depth investigative journalism, spiced with humor to satisfy a main steam audience. Here he takes on the giant Cancer Factory, Phillip Morris, with a vengeance. Enjoy.
And remember, the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement which is being fast tracked as we speak, will give more clout to corporations to take governments successfully to court to overturn public health, safety, labor protection and environmental protection legislation.
Tags: andy borowitz, gun control, political humor, political satire, roger hollander, second amendment
Roger’s note: Last week a nine year old girl from New Jersey was on vacation with her family in Arizona where she was taken to a gun range (the Last Stop shooting range) by her parents where she was given a Uzi sub-machine gun to fire at a target. Something went wrong, probably with the weapon’s recoil, and she occidentally shot and killed the instructor at her side. Unlike the article below, I am not making this up.
AUGUST 28, 2014
CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GETTY
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Across the United States on Wednesday, a heated national debate began on the extremely complex issue of children firing military weapons.
“Every now and then, the nation debates an issue that is so complicated and tricky it defies easy answers,” says pollster Davis Logsdon. “Letting small children fire automatic weapons is such an issue.”
Logsdon says that the thorny controversy is reminiscent of another ongoing national debate, about whether it is a good idea to load a car with dynamite and drive it into a tree.
“Many Americans think it’s a terrible idea, but others believe that with the correct supervision, it’s perfectly fine,” he says. “Who’s to say who’s right?”
Similar, he says, is the national debate about using a flamethrower indoors. “There has been a long and contentious national conversation about this,” he says. “It’s another tough one.”
Much like the long-running national debates about jumping off a roof, licking electrical sockets, and gargling with thumbtacks, the vexing question of whether children should fire military weapons does not appear headed for a swift resolution.
“Like the issue of whether you should sneak up behind a bear and jab it with a hot poker, this won’t be settled any time soon,” he says.
The Banana That Roared August 21, 2012Posted by rogerhollander in Britain, Ecuador, Humor, Political Commentary.
Tags: britain, david cameron, Ecuador, Humor, humour, julian assange, parody, political humor, political satire, raphael correa, roger hollander, satire, wikileaks
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Roger Hollander, August 21, 2012
Ecuadorian military leaders confer in preparation for awaited British invasion, photo Ferlinghetty Images.
Citing unacceptable threats to its revered sovereignty, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Delgado today officially declared war on Great Britain. With unprecedented multi-partisan support from the Ecuadorian legislative assembly (37 of its 39 parties in support, with only the venerable Whigs – Pelacones in Spanish – voting in the negative, and the ultra right NSC – Neither Social Nor Christian – abstaining).
The news was taken with somewhat as a surprise at 10 Downing, with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron insisting to reporters in a crowded news conference that the Ecuadorians have no sense of humour, than anyone could tell their threat to storm the Embassy was merely a joke. Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ricardo Patiño, in response muttered something about “mad dogs and Englishmen,” but when pressed by reporters he admitted he had no idea what it meant. He added, that he had also once heard something about, “no sex please, we’re British,” but again conceded that he had not the slightest notion how it related to their bellicose imperialistic history.
Nevertheless, Ecuador’s declaration of war left the British government no alternative but to gear up for another conflict with a Latin American upstart nation. “We once ruled the seas,” boasted Britain’s Supreme Admiral, Horatio Starboard, “but we still have one of the world’s finest Navies – second only to the US, China, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. Our problem is with the size of the country. Ecuador is a small country. I repeat, a small country, a very small country. We are still trying to locate it on our radar and expect success at any moment.”
Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest serving Monarch since Queen Victoria (Reina Puritana in Spanish), who recently celebrated sixty years on the throne (no pun intended), which the British refer to as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, aptly named for the Royal Family’s Fort Knox sized repository of that precious gem), has called upon the government to re-instate former Prime Ministress Margaret Thatcher (Trabajdora en Pajas in Spanish) to lead the proud nation once again to victory against an ungrateful colony and upstart super power. “Ecuador is just another one of those bad vines (Mal Vinas in Spanish), and Maggie will know how to handle them,” the Queen stated before nodding off.
Meanwhile, Wikileaks founder and leader, Julian Assange, remains holed up the Ecuador’s London Embassy, where he reports having had no difficulty releasing or taking leaks. “I am learning a lot about this wonderful nation,” enthused Assange, “who would have ever thought there were so many different and wonderful ways to prepare rice and beans. They even do it with lentejas (lentils in English)!”
Assange’s enemies were quick to jump on this latest statement by Assange, asserting that it confirmed their allegations of his commitment to Marxist-Lentilism.”
Assange’s attorney, celebrated Spanish jurist Baltazar Garzón, famous for his prosecution of Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet, points out that the British had no qualms about releasing mass murderer Pinochet but seem to be intent upon persecuting Assange for allegedly having had intercourse without using a condom. “No sex please, we’re British,” he added with a wry smile
Congress and Its Corporate Sponsors April 6, 2009Posted by rogerhollander in Humor.
Tags: congress, corporate sponsors, democracy, nascar, political corruption, political humor, politicians, politics, roger hollander
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WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?
What has happened to our so-called democracy? You can read my essay, “The Constitution is Unconstitutional” for an argument that we never had democracy in the first place [on the right hand side of this page under “Categories,” scroll down until you reach “Roger’s Archived Writings,” then continue down until you find the article under “Political Essays (Roger)’]
But what I want to argue here is that democracy and capitalism are mutually exclusive. Democratic capitalism or capitalist democracy are oxymorons, contradictions in terms.
Let us reason together. What is capitalism? To answer that we must ask the question, what is capital? Well, we all know instinctively the answer to that: capital is wealth; it is wealth in the form of money or some other form such as gold, stock, bonds, real estate, or machinery, etc. Capitalism then is the political economy in which capital (accumulated wealth) dominates over living labor. That is how capital accumulates in the first place, by purchasing labor at the cheapest price possible and making “profit” from the use of that labor. That is how capitalism operates. That is why the rich keep getting richer and the poor poorer. I realize this is a simplification, but it is essentially how things are.
So in any given capitalist country there can be any form of government, from tyrannical dictatorship to tolerant democracy. There is no question which is preferable. But a capitalist country that is politically democratic is only a step toward what we all want, that is, genuine complete democracy. Where the people collectively (demos = people) have the power to make the rules. Because in capitalist democracies like the US, Canada, etc. those who control vast amounts of capital use it to influence the make-up of democratic institutions (the three branches of government), those who rule in our name end up not representing “us,” but rather the corporate interests who pay for their elections. He who pays the piper calls the tune.
What “we the people” need and want is peace, health care, education, freedom of speech, etc. What those who are elected to bring these things to us end up giving us permanent war, health care and other social services that are on the decline, corporate media that control information to perpetuate those in power.
It is an illusion that we have democracy (other than in a limited form); “we the people” do not deserve the governments we elect, as many say, because “we the people” in fact do not elect them. If the election of Obama and his Democratic Party majority Congress doesn’t demonstrate this, I don’t know what does.
We have political democracy, but we do not have economic democracy. For my money (excuse the pun), socialism is nothing more or less that political democracy and economic democracy united.
Is this possible? That is not for me to say. How is this to be achieved if it is in fact possible? I have my opinion, and it is a revolutionary one; but again, it is not for me to say.
We are in this together.
I don’t have that many years left on this earth. It is for my grandchildren (and yours) and their grandchildren that I continue to advocate the destruction of the capitalist monster and strive for a new human order.
In New Terror Video, AIG Demands Huge Ransom from U.S. March 22, 2009Posted by rogerhollander in Economic Crisis, Humor.
Tags: AIG, aig bonuses, andy borowitz, crisis humor, Economic Crisis, Edward Liddy, geithner, Humor, napolitano, political humor, roger hollander, topical humor
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Andy Borowitz, www.huffingtonpost.com, March 15, 2009
American intelligence experts are analyzing a new terror video from the American International Group (AIG) in which the leader of the shadowy organization demands billions of dollars from the United States.
In the four-minute tape, which surfaced over the weekend and caused deep concern among U.S. officials, a man believed to be the chairman of AIG says that if his organization is not paid its ransom, “chaos and destruction will rain down on the American economy.”
“If we are not paid billions more in bonuses and corporate golf retreats, America will be made to suffer,” the man threatens.
Intelligence analysts said that the man, AIG chairman Edward M. Liddy, appears to be speaking at a luxury beach resort that offers few clues as to his exact location, although there is “good intelligence” pointing to the Ritz Carlton in the Cayman Islands.
“We have some reason to believe that he and other AIG executives are there, based on a series of intercepted room service orders from the all-day dining menu,” one analyst said.
Reacting to the video, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano raised the nation’s terror alert level to orange, meaning “taxpayers are about to get reamed again.”
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner also released a response to AIG’s latest demands, but intelligence experts said they would need several weeks to decipher Mr. Geithner’s response.
Andy Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and at his award-winning humor site, BorowitzReport.com.
Financial Planning March 21, 2009Posted by rogerhollander in Humor.
Tags: financial planning, gender, gender superiority, Humor, political humor, roger hollander, the sexes, women vs. men
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George was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the
family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when
his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his
One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautifu woman
he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.
‘I may look like just an ordinary man,’ he said to her, but in just a
few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit $65 million.’
Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later,
she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
Cheney in Retirement January 15, 2009Posted by rogerhollander in Dick Cheney, Humor.
Tags: cheney retirement, Dick Cheney, duck hunting, political cartoon, political humor, roger hollander, waterboarding
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Bank Bailout Simplified December 13, 2008Posted by rogerhollander in Economic Crisis, Humor.
Tags: bailout, bank, donkey, farmer, Humor, humour, political humor, raffle, roger hollander
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Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day the farmer drove up and said, ‘Sorry son, but I have some bad news – the donkey died.’
Chuck replied, ‘Well, then just give me my money back.’
The farmer said, ‘Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.’
Chuck said, ‘Ok, then, just bring me the dead donkey.’
The farmer asked, ‘what are ya gonna do with him?’
Chuck said, ‘I’m going to raffle him off.’
The farmer said, ‘You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!’
Chuck said, ‘Sure I can, watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.’
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, ‘What happened with that dead donkey?’
Chuck said, ‘I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a
piece, and made a thousand bucks.’
The farmer said, ‘Didn’t anyone complain?’
Chuck said, ‘Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.’
Chuck now leads the US bank bailout team.