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.
Uncle Sam Meets Doctor Freud July 29, 2016Posted by rogerhollander in Arms, Art, Literature and Culture, Humor, Political Commentary, Uncategorized.
Tags: armaments, cartoon, doctor freud, Humor, humour, insecurity, mic, military, military industrial complex, military spending, nuclear missiles, political cartoon, political satire, roger hollander, satire, uncle sam
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Roger’s note: I am a lover of cartoons, puns, politics and psychology. When all four combine in one image, it knocks my socks off. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
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.
Divide and Conquer December 28, 2014Posted by rogerhollander in Art, Literature and Culture, Economic Crisis, Humor, Immigration, Racism.
Tags: b. deutch, banksters, divide and conquer, Federal Reserve, Immigration, political cartoon, political satire, roger hollander
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Roger’s note: Divide and Conquer is the world’s oldest political strategy. Get the people that you are screwing to take their mind off you and instead fight amongst themselves while you laugh all the way (often literally) to the bank. The technique most used is that of pandering to fears, selfishness and, especially, prejudice. I remember once in a picket line supporting supermarket strikers in California, talking with a woman who was crossing the picket line to shop. “Why should they have health benefits that I don’t have?” she asked. Wrong question. What she she should have asked is, “Why don’t we all have decent health benefits?” Racism, sexism, homophobia: it all serves the ruling classes, who never hesitate to play the hate card when they need to. That Latino standing in front of Home Depot, desperate for a day’s work in order to feed his family, is not your enemy. Take a careful look instead at the bankers (banksters), the war profiteers, the corporate CEOs, the corporate media, the insurance industry, big pharma, etc. and their lackeys in the Democratic and Republican parties, if you want to know who your enemies are. This is so basic that it is mind-boggling that so many allow themselves to be pandered to. It speaks to Chomsky’s concept of manufactured consent.
Merry Christmas and Bang, You’re Dead December 12, 2014Posted by rogerhollander in Gun Control/Violence, Humor.
Tags: cartoon, christmas, christmas present, gun control, guns, Humor, nra, political satire, roger hollander, santa, santa's elf
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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 Cost of Lower Prices August 1, 2014Posted by rogerhollander in Capitalism, Labor.
Tags: capitalism, labor, political cartoon, political satire, roger hollander, triangle factory, worker rights, worker safety
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Roger’s note: human beings are both producers and consumers. As consumers we enjoy a good bargain. As producers we NEED a decent job. Collectively labor should always trump consumption, although we are seduced by lower prices to betray the solidarity essential to the human community of producers (i.e. those of us who work for a living, which is the 99 percent). This cartoon shows us graphically how capitalist economy is destructive of the human community, in this case globally.