Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    So, the solution to the difficulties and depredations of the modern age is for society to revert to a pre-industrial, tribal state and to forsake the securities and advantages of its advancements since the creation of fire? That mankind must embrace the suffering of mass food insecurity; for parents to reject the hope of medical science to spare the lives of their children, or to ease their own physical sufferings and infirmities, and to accept all of this diminishment of expectation with supreme grace, in the understanding that, in some vaguely ill-definable way, the crabgrass beneath their blistered feet will flourish and thank them for it? Perhaps as it overgrows their child’s rocky, shallow grave?

    This is why your cause is hopeless – and pointless; for it is without hope or point. It offers nothing but a promise of shared miseries, hardship, hair shirts, and nightly sessions of ‘koom-bye-yah” by the drum circle. People do not live by the toil of sweatlodges and “peace pipes” alone. And they will not reject the idol of Hope for one of stark, intentional self-mutilation. You offer the nose from your own face and beg of others to do the same. Few will accept such a bargain.

    To attract support, you must offer something that is, by definition, attractive. There are few who are eager to buy a bag of moans, and fewer still who can live on one. Offer nothing, and you will receive in kind. Capitalism might be exploitive and destructive, but it also possesses a great power to change and create. It has something tangible to offer in return. Something greater than grumbling tummies and mosquito bites in nether regions, such as regular meals and dead saber-toothed cats.

    Never forget:

    The masses follow their stomachs before they follow their hearts.

  2. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    The people rise triumphant!
    The old oppressor falls
    Mindless cheer the dusty crowds
    As generals chuckle in their glasses
    champagne sipping
    in seats perfumed of leather

    O, Egypt; so much of so little.

  3. timrinaldo

    timrinaldo said, over 3 years ago

    All this nostalgia for pre-industrial society is just silly. We move forward. Soon, the Singularity will render all current paradigms irrelevent

  4. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    My dear Banjoah, you have been writing more or less the same post for weeks now. No one wants to give up the conveniences of air travel (unless they have lots of stock in a steam ship company) or other advances of modern life. We don’t need to return to a hunter gather life style, it is already being pursued in modern cities everywhere. The new practitioners of this utopian existence are called “the homeless” and would gladly trade places with you. Tell you what, publish all of your rants in book form and let me buy the first copy. I need something to prop the door open so that when the air conditioner comes on it doesn’t keep slamming shut.

  5. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Oh, and let me be the first to say it here:


  6. rmacprivate

    rmacprivate said, over 3 years ago

    The majority of people living in industrial societies will probably agree with Lenin out of the box and earlier comments by timrinaldo.
    The sad part of that is by the time they realize they’re wrong, it’ll be way to late for our species.

  7. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    A strange creature. The palm is native to the wilds of South America, particularly along the infamous “snow belt” through Bolivia and Brazil. Named for a Russian explorer (of all things!), it found a place in human society as an ornamental. The U.S. department of wildlife (or somesuch organization) considers it a “category 2” invasive species, which in the language of diplomacy marks it as a moderate threat – not to be shot on sight, but if it disappears on warm evening night … perhaps one does not search so hard, eh?

    Oddly, a cousin of this palm has become so beloved as an ornamental that it has populated gardens and yards the world over, becoming a most prolific species. But on its tiny home island in the Indian Ocean … kaputz! But for the Hand of Man, indeed.

  8. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    A majority just in the industrialized world? And those of the unindustrialized revel in their poverty and decrepitudes, bereft of higher aspiration? You vastly underestimate the power of the capitalist side of the Force – and basic human desires. Fighting a wall with your forehead results only in headaches and frustration. Show me a mother who would not gladly trade a swath of old-growth forest if it meant saving the life of her baby, or of giving her a better chance in life. Many in the improvished world make such trades every day, bartering far more in exchange for much less. But this is wrong? And will lead to our destruction? Life is avarice. It has been based on greed and consumption since its conception. Do you propose to unwrite the laws of nature? You could more easily reverse the laws of gravity and motion to suit your Will. Simple truth – you have to work with what you’ve got, not what you wish might be. A goal without realism is fantasy.

  9. rmacprivate

    rmacprivate said, over 3 years ago

    What a bunch of crap Lenin. You are truly a trolls troll. Writing nothing but emotional on buttons. You can’t even carry a single thought through to a logical conclusion. Just mindless rambling. At least as you say …. You have to work with what you’ve got. Too bad in your case the material you have to work with is in such limited quantities as to be almost nonexistent.

  10. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Ha! I wasn’t so popular with the Romanovs, either ;) But if the issue escapes you (and, admittedly, political and economic philosophy is not everyone’s cup of tea), let’s reduce the matter to its most base and simplistic form:

    Proposed – That human activity on earth has become destructive and endangers mankind’s survival and the health of the natural world to an excessive degree. Further, that the engine propelling this excess is the force known as capitalism.

    Implicit to this position is the argument that, in order to ‘save the world’ and ensure human survival, that we must a.) halt this activity and b.) drive a stake through the demon heart of capitalism, destroying this force of destruction once and for all.

  11. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    But also implicit is the question of not just HOW this will be accomplished, but what NEW system will then replace the old. If not “capitalism / exploitation,” then what? A revolutionary must do more than to decry the old order, call out its faults, and agitate for change. There must be a ‘promised land,’ a plan for the future that the masses can believe in.

    For example, we say that gas is terrible for your car; it pollutes and destroys and its use must be stopped. Your argument cannot end there and hope to gather traction with the masses. Cars – or horses and buggies – cannot run on love beads and mood rings. You must offer an alternative (strangely, a word that seems oddly familiar to this comment strip…). For example, electricity! Replace your gas-guzzler with electric Teslas!

  12. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Problem, argument, and solution. It’s as simple as 1-2-3. So, if the problem is environmental chaos and your argument is that capitalism is at fault, the suggested alternative / replacement is …? (Dramatic drumroll please !!!!)

    • (these would be the crickets chirping to break the unbearable silence you now hear)

    In order to become a general and to lead the masses, you must have a destination in mind that the masses can believe in; a place they want to go and believe they can reach. Otherwise, you’re little more than a private, marching in place, without guidance or direction, doomed to failure. This is what ended Occupy – not the police, not government surveillance, not the dark and evil machinations of the corporate machine. Nay, not even the apathy of the masses. ‘Occupy’ offered nothing but a vent for popular anger and a place to deposit used pizza boxes. Fantastic for love-ins, but of little value to a voting public with pocketbook issues at the end of every billing cycle. Once the anger was spent, it had nothing else to offer and died a predictable death.

  13. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    The Bolsheviks, remember, offered much more than anger at the established aristocracy. Arguing that the Romanovs and the Church were the source of all Russian misery was like shooting fishes in barrel, Da? But this was obvious. And that is why the focus of the revolution was NOT on overthrow of the regime, but on the promise of what could BE – what could come next, if ONLY this first step were achieved.

    Of course, it was all a lie, and we purged the borscht out of our own ranks once our regime was enthroned. Promises – easily made, easily broken. BUT – had there been no promise to lure the masses, there would have been nothing but gulags and black jails for all of us! There would have been no revolution.

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