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Matt Bors

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The following blog from a Catholic commentator about the Pope’s controversial tweet suggesting that “inequality is the root of social evil” puts the row about it on Twitter into context. But the real question is the language in which Pope Francis first tweeted: Spanish or Latin? In Latin, as the author of this blog observes, the critical noun is “iniquitas”, which you might as well call “sin”; come to that “malus” doesn’t mean social evil so much as any sort of evil. And to say that sin is the root of evil is sort of tautologous, at least for Catholics. But if the pope’s thought was first expressed in Spanish, desigualdad, well, that puts rather a different take on the thing; he is talking about inequality.
    Latin is to all intents and purposes the first language of the church, the definitive version of most encyclicals, and until now I’d always thought it was pretty well perfect for that problematic medium Twitter, being lapidary by nature. But from the looks of things, there’s a gulf of meaning between the Latin text and the others; perhaps Francis should let us know which he really meant. Anyway, just goes to show that Twitter has its pitfalls for popes as well as the rest of us.

  2. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, over 1 year ago

    There are winners & losers in any economic system. I find the best insurance is a well stocked armory & an electric fence.

  3. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    You sound like a winner in the next war against economic growth. All the best socialist masterminds have employed weapons and defenses to maintain their supremacy while enforcing equality among those over whom they rule.
    Well done, sir!

  4. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Any dynamic system requires inequality.
    Any system with total equality is a dead system.

  5. omQ Release Michael_wme

    omQ Release Michael_wme said, over 1 year ago


    Watched Jeremy Paxman interview Thomas Piketty and Piketty doesn’t deny inequality’s role within the capitalist system; it’s the degree of the inequality that’s the problem.

  6. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If we made personal finance mandatory in public education, there would be a lot less poverty. Saving money should be compulsory; via wages or government handouts. Once people build a small nest egg (that they are not allowed to touch) and were educated to maintain, we would all be better off.

  7. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If income inequality becomes great enough, large numbers of people with little or nothing to lose will exist. At that point your electric fence and all the ammo you can buy won’t be enough..

  8. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 1 year ago

    “Where did you find that article?”
    “It was in my jacket lining,”

  9. Dianne Lee

    Dianne Lee GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The only thing that is going to save the Middle Class is the Middle Class. We are the 99%—- that means we have the votes to elect people who will actually represent middle class workers and provide a safety net for those who are trying to get into the middle class.We all need to know who is supporting the candidates. That is who they will be working for. They have no choice if they want to stay in office. You have to do the bidding of whoever is paying your way, just the same as we all do in our jobs. So, before going to vote, look it up on the internet. Open Secrets is a good site, but there are plenty.

    If the candidate is getting their money from small donors or from unions, they are going to be working for middle class working people. If their donations are from corporations or from 1%ers, that’s who their votes are going to be working for. They are not going to go against them and do anything to help the middle class.

    It would be political suicide.

  10. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Always amusing to see right wingers justify our modern inequality where less than 1% own more than 50%, even when their religious leader points out that its a bad thing.

  11. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 1 year ago

    Yes, but many of us can do without the roadblocks and detours.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Absolutely nothing wrong with “well regulated” Capitalism, just like militias, but when banking and “investment companies” become legalized Mafia operations (my retired banker brother-in-law’s statement, not mine) then some corrections are needed.

  13. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If these darn poor people would just show some initiative and go out and inherit a billion dollar business like the Koch Brothers did, all them inequality problems would just go away.

  14. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @omQ Release Michael_wme

    I would have to disagree with that view. It is the depth of the depression of the economy, not the breadth of the disparity of wealth, that creates poverty. If you are living well, and want for nothing, then do you really care that somebody else has an immense fortune?
    Our economy is laboring under monetary methods and policies that do not uplift the whole of the people, but only some, and it has only been worse in the past five years.
    There is no reason that the currency has to be inflated and the real wealth for which the currency is needed for exchange rises. The purpose of government should be to maintain an economy in which the currency is worth something and the means of living are cheap and plentiful so that all may enjoy them without harm to their economic well being.
    Instead, we subsidize poverty and reward those who keep poverty a miserable state, rather than a mere inconvenience in obtaining luxuries. Food and medicine should not be luxuries. They should be cheap, but not free. Upping income by law will do nothing to keep affordable the necessities of life.

  15. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 1 year ago


    “It is the depth of the depression of the economy, not the breadth of the disparity of the wealth”

    Well, I think it is both. Yes, many Americans (myself included) feel there is a depression going on, one that afflicts the middle class.

    How do we get out of it?
    I have read many pundits on these pages decry those who questioning the status quo. “Waaah! They have more than I do. TAX THEM!” There are millions of unemployed, and under-employed people out there who have worked, and paid their taxes, insurance premiums, mortgages and had some left over to treat their significant other, or their children to a day at the amusement park, or to a nice restaurant, new clothes, toys, etc.
    Then, as the owners of their company decided to move operations overseas, paying less in wages, no benefits, no environmental laws, these people were laid off. This scenario still plays out today! Toss in increased computerization and robotics/automation, and you have a class of, let’s say, “discontented”. Should we be angry? These owners are making huge profits, and millions of American people suffer for that. Not just the individual, but his family as well. We read in the papers, or hear in the news of all kinds of shenanigans
    practiced by Wall Street Houses & bankers, how the are now using super-high-speed computers to snatch up shares as soon as you push the “buy” button, then they up the price to sell! The middle class was asleep while the wealthy geared up to re-tool the system in their favor. And, in my opinion, they invited Congress in on the game. We now have the wealthiest bunch of pols on Capitol Hill ever! And to make one even angrier, how would you feel if your company was spiraling downward, and the CEO laid off hundreds, or thousands, and then awarded himself and other top corporate officers “retention” bonuses! It’s not illegal, but certainly not fair. And Executive salaries have been, and continue to rise into the ionosphere. You are right; simply raising the wages (at least at our level) will not solve the problem.
    What we need is a new culture in Washington, and a new SCOTUS, who realize that our Constitution, and the freedoms won by our forefathers are for PEOPLE. All People (except illegal aliens).
    That this nation is composed of PEOPLE, not corporations.
    Yeah, I know: LOL.
    As much as I want to hope, I feel that if the current trends and attitude by Washington continues to be bias toward the 1%, and indifferent, to contemptuous to the other 99%, then the future holds for some serious, perhaps violent social upheaval.

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