B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart


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  1. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    I’ll forego comment here.

    Good Morning, Dogsniff, Ladywolf, ♠Lonewolf♠ & LuvH8!

  2. ♠Lonewolf♠

    ♠Lonewolf♠ GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    Do we have a pattern here?

    Good Morning, LuvH8, Grog, Ladywolf, Woodeye, Dogsniff & Everyone.

  3. Ooops!

    Ooops! said, over 6 years ago

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I thought it was the three stages of marriage. Shouldn’t the last one read divorce?

  4. Sheik Yerbouti

    Sheik Yerbouti said, over 6 years ago

    When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin?


    LW18 LADYWOLF said, over 6 years ago

    Wow! Good morning everybody.

    I like this cartoon strip. :-)

  6. Pacejv

    Pacejv said, over 6 years ago

    @ Gweedo Murray MY thought exactly. One of us must seek medical assistance right away. I volunteer…you!

  7. Yukoner

    Yukoner said, over 6 years ago

    Isn’t the last one supposed to be marriage?

  8. Johanan Rakkav

    Johanan Rakkav said, over 6 years ago

    No. :) If it is, you ain’t doin’ it right.

    Wow, this strip’s a keeper.

  9. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    What the bleeeeep (my bleep) is this strip supposed to mean?

    Capitalism is freedom applied to economics. It is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness plus money and markets. To reject capitalism is to reject the best of what makes us Americans: independence, self-reliance, ambition, a desire for a better life, defense of our rights – among other aspects that tick off those people (including many supposed Americans) who reject these principles.

    Be warned against the old statist racket – interfere with capitalism, watch the problems that arise, blame the problems on capitalism, and finally use that as an excuse for more interference. Repeat until capitalism is destroyed.

    We have not been fully capitalist for about a century. (I pinpoint 1913, with the Fed and the modern income tax). Our system is a crippled semi-capitalism, part free, part controlled. But still people blame capitalism for almost every problem.

    Economic crisis caused by Fed policies, Freddy, Fanny, the Community Reinvestment Act? Blame capitalism. Oil spill can’t be stopped because regulations prevent drilling where the easy oil is? Blame capitalism. Etc., etc.

    (And don’t tell me the strip is just a joke. It’s much more than that. I just doubt Mastroianni and Hart understand how much more.)

  10. cdward

    cdward said, over 6 years ago

    Nor is capitalism a silver bullet all-powerful good. Before 1913, life was not better. Unless, of course, you were a robber baron.

    There were booms and busts well before then.

    Capitalism is – and I might suppose this is what the cartoon is trying to say – self-interest over love. If you want to call that freedom, so be it.

  11. dkram

    dkram said, over 6 years ago

    Capitalism has lasted here for 235yrs (give or take). Russian communism barely lasted 50yrs. After the fall of Russian communism the Chinese shifted to a more capitalistic form. (I wonder why).


  12. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 6 years ago

    cdward: I think you nailed it.

    As an economist, I’m uncomfortable when people uncritically conflate the terms capitalism, free market, and freedom – all three are abstractions that have never existed in the real world, and they are not the same thing. See, for example, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism.

  13. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago


    – It is a mistake to expect capitalism to be a silver bullet, and it is not a criticism of capitalism when it does not solve all problems immediately.

    – “Life was not better”? Nothing improved life more rapidly for more people than capitalism. Just compare to life in those parts of the world that reject capitalism or never came close to it to the parts of the world that embraced it or at least imitated it.

    – There never were “robber barons” except in medieval Europe. “Robber baron” was an epithet invented in the 1930’s, long after the era it attempts to tarnish. Robbery was an attribute of feudalism, not capitalism. Property rights were and are the root of capitalism. (Franklin made Jefferson take “property” out of John Locke’s formulation of “life, liberty and property” so the Southerners could not use it to justify slavery.)

    – Booms and busts have one of two categories of cause. Sometimes they result from technological change (steam boats, telegraphs, radio, etc.) and are a natural and temporary part of a free economy. The really damaging and long-lasting busts have always been a result of government action (mostly government monetary policy). It took just 16 years for the Fed to cause the Great Depression.

    – “Self-interest over love”? What a dewy-eyed expression of the altruist principle that says you must live your life for others and must sacrifice your own well-being in the bargain. The reason for America’s success was that the Founding Fathers set up a government originally intended to protect individual rights, and those rights are ALL about self-interest. It is YOUR life, YOUR liberty, and the pursuit of YOUR happiness. All that is required of you is to respect the same rights in others.

    I suppose there is no point in recommending that you read Ayn Rand’s essay collection “The Virtue of Selfishness”. But the rest of you out there might benefit.

  14. Tanya

    Tanya said, over 6 years ago

    LuvH8: Or at least “heartbreak”?

    A Hearty Good Morning to all BC’ers!!!

  15. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, over 6 years ago

    All boats rise together. If we weigh down the biggest boats with taxes and regulations, the small ones get swamped first.

    If my boat employs 50 sailors and I trade well, My boat now employs 100. However, If regulations and taxes force my boat to remain at port, sorry guys. Hope the long shore men are hiring, but with no boats trading—-.

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