Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. Zyreenesque

    Zyreenesque said, almost 2 years ago

    so that’s what those things are!

  2. Prof d'anglais

    Prof d'anglais said, almost 2 years ago

    Sucking the life essence out of the planet.

  3. shadow35

    shadow35 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I’ve always wondered what a life essence sucker looked like.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    What the corporates want is for us to be “work zombies” not Marx & Engels. Did you know that Friedrich Engels (German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈɛŋəls]; 28 November 1820 – 5 August 1895) was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, alongside Karl Marx.
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    But Tristram Hunt argues that Engels has become a convenient scapegoat, too easily blamed for the state crimes of the Soviet Union, Communist Southeast Asia and China. “Engels is left holding the bag of 20th century ideological extremism,” Hunt writes, “while Marx is rebranded as the acceptable, postpolitical seer of global capitalism.”24 Hunt largely exonerates Engels stating that “in no intelligible sense can Engels or Marx bear culpability for the crimes of historical actors carried out generations later, even if the policies were offered up in their honor.”24


    Other writers, while admitting the distance between Marx and Engels and Stalin, are less charitable, noting for example that the anarchist Bakunin predicted the oppressive potential of their ideas. “It is a fallacy that Marxism’s flaws were exposed only after it was tried out in power…. [Marx and Engels] were centralizers. While talking about ‘free associations of producers’, they advocated discipline and hierarchy.” 82
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    However I am a Socialist not Communist with a heavy degree of Anarchism for the individual as Bakunin. Also Jefferson warned, “a govt can do anything can do anything for or against you.” Or something like that.

  5. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    So, Marx and Engels were just the gift wrapping for thuggery. It always goes down better if instead of, “I’m a thug and you will do as I say,” instead of, “This has been carefully studied by two political philosophers so its ok to do as I say.” Either way it comes down the same.

  6. Pete Rogan

    Pete Rogan GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Norman Baron

    It was the Bolsheviks who converted the maunderings of two obscure socio-politico-economystics into the cause for revolution (or, really, counter-revolution) and the blueprint for a new era of Russian (then Soviet) brutality and imperialism. Had Bakunin’s vision of a stateless ideal anarcho-syndicalist reality come to exist, it would still have fallen to another former of brutality. If not Menshevism, then some other form of repression. Or, just as likely, a series of Kerensky-style attempts at forming a Russian Republic, each subverted by the secret cabal hidden in it from the attempt before.
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    The Soviet model of brutalitarianism would itself call forth right-wing imitators across Europe, of which Hitler, Mussolini and Franco were merely the most prominent. They stood in opposition to Communism and, by extension, the weak and flaccid West that didn’t go in for dictators and militarism. This is to say nothing of the appalling result of the success of Communism in China and its inhuman cost.
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    Communism has failed, but brutalitarianism has triumphed, not just overseas but here in the US — or the Occupy movement would not have been subverted from within, and Bradley Manning would be loudly proclaimed a prisoner of conscience, which has not happened. The issue is not ideology but power, and the machinations of same. All of which, in any case, are bent on wholesale resource exploitation and extraordinary environmental damage. We really need to take our government back and stop the carnage. Let’s start by forcibly auditing the major US banks, okay? They’re lying about what they’re holding and what they’re not holding, and this is ruining us. Time to end their immunity, for good.

  7. Trebuchet

    Trebuchet said, almost 2 years ago

    Blaming Marx (or Engels) for the crimes of Stalin or the USSR is like blaming Jesus for the Crusades or the Inquisition.

  8. Stephanie  McMillan

    Stephanie McMillan GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Back at the start, the surplus value has to be reinvested. It must be more than they started with, because only through expansion can each company gain a competitive edge over all the others. For capitalism as a whole to function, it must grow about 3% annually. So the cycle goes around again, but bigger. In the next turn, they must extract more raw materials, exploit more labor, manufacture more products, generate more waste, make more profits.

  9. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    that image has a cringe factor! Whatever it is,, I don’t like it.

  10. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Pete Rogan

    Wow, you really explained that well. Brutality is winning here.
    when people are more afraid of their own government and the fascist NYPD,
    the GOP would rather ruin world economy to make a Democrat President fail,
    That is another kind of brutality

    . When the USA, who used to stand up and fight for the underdog, was the champion of truth and real justice was WHO WE were! and are not today. The suicide of record number of soldiers and veterans,
    and torture was a war-crime done to us ,NOT done by us,
    and armed youth randomly massacre children, we are no longer WHO we were when we were the Greatest nation.

    Back then it wasn’t a sin to help those down on their luck either. The elderly, children, veterans, those who have been hit by floods, fires, cancer, heart attacks, and all.We are not WHO we Were then.

  11. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Stephanie McMillan

    I agree. And the profit HAS to go toward improving quality, improving the product line to grow and be great! The big CEO’s that stash it in the tax shelters must have lost the belief that things can be made better by re-investing toward improvement.

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