Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for February 15, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  over 3 years ago

    Maybe one of Calvin’s grandfathers can better answer that question.

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    codycab  over 3 years ago

    “Mind your business! That’s how.”

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    Scorpio Premium Member over 3 years ago

    The whole world is all about “fake it till you make it” afterall.

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    LiamG.P  over 3 years ago

    I’ll give you the answer, (ZZZZZZZZ….)

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    Boots at the Boar Premium Member over 3 years ago

    It’s ye’ old “might makes right”.

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    in.amongst  over 3 years ago

    Hey, wait a minute. Where is MY Oscar for best acting?!?

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    jagedlo  over 3 years ago

    And sometimes that conclusion is right, Calvin!

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    Johnny Q Premium Member over 3 years ago

    It’s only right when we and our allies do it…

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    El-Kabong  over 3 years ago

    Soldiers killing each other are one of the world’s problems. Calvin might as well have asked how people robbing banks solve the world’s problems. Of course there is no reply, one don’t look to problems as solutions.

    Tricky word Watterson.

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    scotta775  over 3 years ago

    It doesn’t.

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    Concretionist  over 3 years ago

    Mouths of babes!

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    whahoppened  over 3 years ago

    Taken to it’s logical conclusion, No soldiers? No problem!

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    Kind&Kinder  over 3 years ago

    If only people weren’t human, perhaps we wouldn’t.

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    M2MM  over 3 years ago

    Good question Calvin. Mankind doesn’t have an answer for you, unfortunately. :(

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    scote1379 Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Go away kid ya bother me , ( It does not solve anything, only creates more problems)

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    chuckcork1  over 3 years ago

    Simplistic question to a complex problem.

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    Purple People Eater  over 3 years ago

    Nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. You win a war by making the other guy die for his country.

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    DaveG1960  over 3 years ago

    Not making light of this but, “War, huh, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”

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    WilliamMedlock  over 3 years ago

    His father’s speechlessness tells it all.

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    jimchronister2016  over 3 years ago

    That’s mostly been my experience

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    ForrestOverin  over 3 years ago

    This is where dad can explain that all the killing DOESN’T help, and it’s mostly in service of who gets petroleum.

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    djtenltd  over 3 years ago

    Calvin actually makes a good point for a change!

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    well-i-never  over 3 years ago

    It’s not for solving the world’s problems. It’s just to get you what you want.

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    'IndyMan'  over 3 years ago

    One wonders how……a 6-year old comes up with a question that has stumped many a ‘great thinker’ for low these many, many years and expects his Dad to answer what they haven’t been able to ????

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    pixiekitten Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Still relevant today :/

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    A Hip loving Canadian...  over 3 years ago

    Sometimes it’s just better to remain silent.

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    rentier  over 3 years ago

    They do not always know it!!

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    guyjen2004 Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Uh-oh, the kid’s on to us! :/

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    joegeethree  over 3 years ago

    One of the reasons is a majority of humans covet power and riches. And a majority of rich and powerful people covet even more power and more riches.

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    cracker65  over 3 years ago

    Easy answer. Soldiers killing each other helps our economy. Next question.

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    uniquename  over 3 years ago

    One of the truly great C&H strips. And it goes well with this one:

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    proclusstudent  over 3 years ago

    War is an acronym for “We Are Right.” Common usage has dropped the caps.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Calvin is absolutely right. Sometimes the best actor wins and sometime the worst actor wins. It depends on what the drama is about.

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    Red33410  over 3 years ago

    “Grown ups just act like they know what they’re doing.”

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    rhartt4363  over 3 years ago

    Calvin’s got it right on both counts.

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    Diat60  over 3 years ago

    It’s not whose right, it’s whose left.

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    JosephShriver  over 3 years ago

    It doesn’t, but unfortunately it sometimes has to happen because the other side won’t listen to reason and started the war

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    Bookworm  over 3 years ago

    “As my father said to me when he died in my arms, ‘I don’t understand any of it. I never did.’ Turn the lights out when you leave.” From The Boys in the Band by Matt Crowley (1968).

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    Say What? Premium Member over 3 years ago

    They don’t solve the world’s problems, Calvin. Wars are started by a bunch of Moes who see the world as a pissing contest.

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    formathe  over 3 years ago

    You just keep killing until the other guy has had enough of losing, realizes his goal is far too expensive and he goes home. Then you chase him down and ‘fire’ him. Then you come home, get spit upon and invest every penny you have in foreign arms manufacturers cause you know that this will never end.

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    kab2rb  over 3 years ago

    That much sums it up on adults Calvin.

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    Ol' me  over 3 years ago

    Invalid premise.

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    SweetSinger  over 3 years ago

    What’s wrong Dad? No clever and misleading explanation for this one?

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    mistercatworks  over 3 years ago

    It certainly displaces the world’s problems.

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    Bruce1253  over 3 years ago

    Unfortunately Calvin there really are bad people in the world. The solutions to problems are not always back and white. There are circumstances in history were a man of peace has had to go to war to prevent a greater tragedy. There is also no doubt that war has been waged for a variety of really bad reasons as well. All one can do is get the facts and make up your own mind. Sometimes that may mean “I don’t like it, but this is necessary,” or “This is not patriotic, it is mass murder and I will have none of it.”

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 3 years ago

    Children do often ask tough questions. As do overly philosophical cartoonists.

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    BiggerNate91  over 3 years ago

    Finally the question is asked.

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    CurtLyon  over 3 years ago

    boy, he hit that nail on the head

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    Dae  over 3 years ago

    Profound question, in its simplicity.

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    Snoots  over 3 years ago

    One of the most pertinent comic panels of all time.

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    Old27F20  over 3 years ago

    Thanks for reminding us Bill, we really don’t know either.

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    SchipLvr  over 3 years ago

    In another comic, Calvin’s dad says to the effect. “I wouldn’t have been in such a hurry to grow up if I had known it was one big ad lib.”

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    Bilan  over 3 years ago

    It’s interesting how Calvin can toggle between thoughtless and thoughtful.

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    BaconBoyCamper  over 3 years ago

    All interesting comments here.

    Also interesting comments made when this strip ran on February 18 1991:

    What a difference — in some ways — that time makes…

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    DCBakerEsq  over 3 years ago

    Did someone fool you into thinking the World makes sense?

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    Squoop  over 3 years ago

    When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn.

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    smsrt  over 3 years ago

    That’s his dad alright.

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    dragonfury98  over 3 years ago

    this is a great one

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    Where Am I  over 3 years ago

    Moe gets angry with you. He sends his friends to beat you up. Your friends come to your defence. Your friends win, and leave Moe’s friends limping away.. Neither you, nor Moe were ever really in much danger, but do you think Moe will try to go after you now that his friends have lost?

    I think even a kid could understand why people in power might use proxies to fight for them. No, it doesn’t solve any world problems.

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    WCraft Premium Member over 3 years ago

    And how do politicians hating each other and wasting time trying to impeach a former president solve the problems in America? (sincere question!)

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    KEA  over 3 years ago

    other than decreasing surplus population. they don’t. Thanos would approve.

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    Laurie Stoker Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Answer: They don’t.

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    WilliamDoerfler  over 3 years ago

    Fighting Napoleon, U.S. civil war, and the Nazis were just a waste of time .

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    PuppyPapa  over 3 years ago

    Sure as hell settled the Hitler/Tojo problem.

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    weatherford.joe Premium Member over 3 years ago

    When I first read this strip as a kid, I asked my mom the exact same question. She gave me the exact same response.

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    billdaviswords  over 3 years ago

    “How does…”

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    La Gata Loca  over 3 years ago

    Calvin has found the perimeter of wisdom!

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  69. Cathy aack Premium Member over 3 years ago

    The answer my friend….

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    Godzilla The King of the Monsters  about 3 years ago

    One side thinks that they can have everything, so we have to teach ’em a lesson. :D

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