Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

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  1. comicgos

    comicgos said, over 5 years ago

    Too political!

  2. rayannina

    rayannina said, over 5 years ago

    Take that, Ayn Rand!

  3. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    @Darkeforce. And then there’s the difference between Citizens and Residents.

  4. mayankag

    mayankag said, over 5 years ago

    I’m lost… how does taxation link up with the “safety zone” and “nanny state”? What is Wiley trying to say? Can someone explain this strip to me please? :-/
    (bloody hell, my first ever comment and it makes me look like a moron)

  5. Josh  Lyons

    Josh Lyons said, over 5 years ago

    Panel 4 sound like something Danae would write.

  6. roctor

    roctor said, over 5 years ago

    To see a world without any regulation or intervention. One must only travel to Pidgeon Forge Tennessee.

  7. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, over 5 years ago

    I don’t know Wiley. This may be to subtle for them.

  8. plus4

    plus4 said, over 5 years ago

    NS is always better when not so political.

  9. DesultoryPhillipic

    DesultoryPhillipic said, over 5 years ago

    There’s hope for you yet Wiley. :-)

  10. steverino

    steverino said, over 5 years ago


    Taxes pay for regulation and safety zone. No taxes==you’re on your own.

  11. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, over 5 years ago

    The sign states, “Pedestrians have the right of way in a designated crosswalk”. OK, liberals, close your eyes and walk.
    Daddy taught me, “Look both ways and cross when YOU determine it’s safe”.
    I can believe what the government tells me, or I can believe my eyes.

  12. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 5 years ago


    Take heart. Wiley is a brilliant satirist, and often makes his point by only suggesting something and making the readers fill in the blanks in their own minds…tremendously effective.


    Anyway, a common trope of conservatives and libertarians (who sometimes agree, but at heart are different) is that progressives, liberals, and socialists (who sometimes agree, but at heart are different) want to create a society in which anything that isn’t good for you is bad for you, therefore wrong, therefore to be prevented — so an all-controlling government prevents anyone from doing anything that wouldn’t be in their own best interests, or anyone else’s. That would be the “nanny state”: the government sees to all your needs, and all it costs you is your freedom to choose as an independent adult.


    The flip side, of course — the other half of the street, in this strip — is the unregulated, watch-out-for-your-own-butt free-for-all, in which everyone is free to do as they think best for their own purposes…which means, of course, that no one is looking out for you, and if you happen to be very young, very old, or simply unlucky, well, that’s the survival of the fittest for you.


    The “safety zone” provided by the “nanny state” can only be provided at the cost of taxation on everyone, for the common protection of everyone in general and no one in particular. And there’s the final link in the chain.


    Wiley was able to convey all of this in only six pictures, with only two short lines of dialog. As I said, he’s brilliant. He’s seldom overtly political himself, but he tweaks those who are, who conclude (wrongly, I think) that he’s as unrelentingly political as they are. And welcome to the comments section. :)

  13. chihug

    chihug said, over 5 years ago

    I’ll take my chances, too. I like it in Pigeon Forge.

  14. Biltil

    Biltil said, over 5 years ago

    One side of the road is good for the drivers, the other for the pedestrians. Balance is needed, but can’t be acheived with out comprimise on both sides. There are drivers that would never let anyone cross the road without a regulation, and there are pedestrians who would dance all day in the middle of the road and stop traffic just because they can. Great analogy Wiley, love your work!

  15. nomadicus

    nomadicus said, over 5 years ago

    wow! An intelligently crafted cartoon with intelligently crafted comments about it.

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