Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security


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  1. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Back to your cave IMA! We can have your prescription delivered there.

  2. Stephanie  McMillan

    Stephanie McMillan GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Opportunities for revolution are few and far between. Most people in history live out their lives within a relatively stable social order. Whether they like it or not, there’s not much they can do about it. You can’t conjure a revolution out of stability any more than you can force an apple to ripen faster on the tree.

    But we are living in a special time. Revolutionary conditions are maturing, and we have a decision to make. Do we bite, or let this fruit fall and rot on the ground?

    For a revolution to occur, three conditions must exist:

    1. A ruling class that is crippled by internal conflict, so much so that it can no longer effectively assert its dominance over society.

    2. A general feeling among broad numbers of people that they can no longer live in the old way, that the risk of change is less frightening than the risk of continuing as we are.

    3. Revolutionary organizations through which the people focus their aspirations and power, forging unity that strengthens our struggle and reduces its chance of defeat, diversion, dissipation or co-optation by the enemy.

    The existence of these conditions doesn’t guarantee a revolution. Throughout history, there have been times when they have been present, but revolutions did not occur. But no radical transformation of any society has ever occurred without them.

    We don’t have much control over the first two. They’re developing without our help, inevitably and naturally as the American Empire folds in on itself along with the decline of the entire global economic system.

    The existence of the third condition is entirely in our hands, and our responsibility to ensure. We didn’t create this sucky situation, but here it is and we have to deal with it. If we don’t develop a solid revolutionary movement with a viable strategy, the consequences will be extremely ugly.

  3. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    It seems that the first condition is being met as we speak. We are facing what they call the “fiscal cliff” where the Bush era tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this year, Obama has a set of new taxes ready to go and we all get the hosing of a lifetime. Plus the speaker of the house has said that they should wait until the new congress has been seated before they do anything. Which means that we have to fall off of the cliff before the chin pullers in congress even start to work on the process of fixing the problem, assuming that it can be fixed. If there is a cliff there are two ways to deal with it. One is to build a fence to keep people from falling off or two is to put a whole bunch of ambulances at the bottom to cart away the people that do fall off. The current congress seems to be heading toward choice #2.
    Concerning item #2, a lot of people are happy with the status quo. The well to do, the welfare nicks, etc. are ok with the way things are. Maybe there is “critical mass” for a revolution or maybe not. Until we actually fall off of the fiscal cliff methinks that we may be a bit lite on troops.
    As to numer three, putting together a revolutionary organization and staying under the radar while doing it would seem to be very difficult even if there was a newsletter and rent a car discounts.
    I don’t know if you have spent anytime in the so called third world countries but compared to them we have relatively little to complain about. As an example the mayor of Lagos Nigeria was being interviewed on TV and was accused of stealing 10 million Niara (about 5 million US at that time). He became enraged and shouted at the reporter that he was insulted because he would never steal so little. In short, which this isn’t, I’m not sure we have enough steam to punch a pee hole in the snow let along start a revolution.

  4. College-Student

    College-Student said, over 1 year ago

    you want a revolution in 2 easy steps?
    1. take away football
    2. take away American Idol

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    The Plutocrats have already started a revolution. Buying law makers and having laws written by them for them. Infiltration of our govt by the corporate state making it now impossible for certain segments of the govt to operate without them. Especially in our over sized military. Owning or creating parallel organizations for Media, Education, Religion etc to make sure they own the house. Unless we can regain the balance we had between the rich and the rest of us we will lose without a shot being fired. We will become a third world nation.

  6. Pete Rogan

    Pete Rogan GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Stephanie McMillan

    Apparently you never read the deliberate restatement of these principles in Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in the supposed ‘forbidden’ work “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism,” by Emmanuel Goldstein. Ostensibly an exposé of Ingsoc, it was part of an elaborate ruse to find and expose traitors to Ingsoc. Goldstein — who is never really known to be either real or fictional — depicts the struggle to be constantly a switching of elites with the help of an unwitting but maddened lumpenproletariat. The actual structure of power does not change. You’re proposing more of the same, Stephanie, do you realize that?
    What’s even more pathetic is that Orwell wrote it as socialistic pabulum, a trap within a story about a trap, exposing the hollowness of the wish for ‘revolution’ to sweep away all the wrongness of the world. He was aware that this is the same urge that keeps Christians on their knees, the hope of an eventual reckoning at the Second Coming where everybody would get what was coming to them, good and hard. This faith, transplanted, can keep people broken to the wheels they push for, oh, generations. You don’t see that, do you.
    Fortunately neither history nor the study of history is as limited as you or your politics, and in neither case are you or Goldstein correct. We have seen what an educated and informed middle-class society can do, the rights and protections it can maintain, and we know the threats to it from both concentrations of economic power and those whose love of revolutionary destruction is far greater than any desire to build.
    You really ought to read what happened to the Kerensky revolution and what the Bolsheviks did to it. They understood very well what revolution as you have described it means. It means there are no cops and no armed forces, and the thugs are in charge. Thugs everywhere have the same agenda: Keep the wealth, fool the people, keep them revolutionized, repeat. What separates the Bolsheviks from you and Karl Rove, Stephanie, is that they understood that they had to kill a lot of people to bring about political purity to keep the illusion going, and they had no qualms about doing so. You should look at their means and the result a little more. You will find it’s not very Marxist at all. Or humane. Or just.
    But you’re just fappin’ again here. You gave up on dialogue or introspection. You have identified with Bunnista and imagine yourself more like Victoria, and you’re neither — except for the part about being fictional characters in a minor comic strip that’s lost its way.
    Preachy, deluded and irrelevant is no way to go through life, girl.

  7. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Well said banjoaah, As Shakespeare put it “There are more things under the sun Horatio than are covered in your philosophy.” What you are missing in your philosophy are two guys named Vinnie and Guido to make sure that the “scientific understanding” takes the right direction.

  8. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Says IMA: “The sky is fallingm the sky is falling!” W.E.

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