Agnes is like most Republicans these days. President Trump said recently, “That’s the trouble with testing. One day you test negative, then you do another test and it comes back positive. I don’t like it.” When will Republicans finally realize that he’s “crossed over into crazy town”?
The only thing that puts today’s strip in the realm of the absurd is a black man holding a semiautomatic rifle. He wouldn’t last 30 seconds before being swarmed by police and killed as soon as he moved a muscle.
" Go ahead and try to rebut me if you want, but by now I have heard every possible argument from the other side." Well, there’s some deep arrogance for you.
In any case, sir, you live in a dream world. It’s quite sad, really. The benevolent capitalism of Adam Smith was always something of a fiction, based as it was on the extreme exploitation of the workers who produced the wealth — in fact, Smith himself is clearly critical of this exploitation as one can see if one actually reads the book rather than all the ignorant chatter about it. The butcher, the baker, and the brewer may have engaged in commerce out of self-love, not altruism, but they lived and were an integral part of a local community and had close relationships with both their workers and their customers. But whatever fellow-feeling they had toward their community has been long lost with the rise of the global corporation, and especially global finance capitalism.
Great inequality of wealth was something Smith was, in fact, concerned about (“Where there is great wealth, there is great inequality”), but he believed that a free-market system would in fact lead, ultimately, to greater economic equality. He was wrong. It turns out that capitalism provides two kinds of power to the owners of capital — economic and political. And with these two powers they are able to engineer a system that effectively and fairly efficiently transfers all wealth from the bottom layers to the top. Social welfare programs are intended to reverse that transfer to some degree, and they worked for a little while, but they have been systematically dismantled in the US and UK ever since Thatcher and then Reagan came into office. Sweden and other countries with strong redistributive policies have very robust economies, including some very wealthy people, but they have virtually no poverty. Billionaires are no more necessary to a successful economy than is oil, something else we will have to come to grips with, hopefully soon.
If only. In fact, every day hundreds of asylum-seekers are deported to some of the poorest countries in the world, that are the worst-equipped to handle COVID-19. Witness at the Border documents these flights leaving from Brownsville, Texas, where I live. Many if not all of these people, who were asserting a legal right to asylum, have been detained in close quarters in detention facilities around the country. It is criminal and should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity.
No. Not funny. Men terrorize women doing this.
Poor bunny. I hope it recovered.
Sold with the utility maximizer, the Benthamitic.
No faith required!
“You’re screwed” is an opinion or conclusion, not “information.” The information is that he he ran out of gas in a bad place. The conclusion one may draw from that is that he’s screwed. It’s important to recognize the difference.
But one good idea may require a lifetime of preparation. The problem here is that we tend to see things in isolation, as events unto themselves, but they are always a product of a process of development.