Climate Occupy Wall Street Humor by Joe Romm Nov 20, 2011 9:49 am Share 134 Tweet Comment And a twist on that cartoon, from the New Yorker: Tags 99 Percent MovementWall Street Share 134 Tweet Comment 7 Responses to Occupy Wall Street Humor Artful Dodger says: November 20, 2011 at 10:40 am Separate Corporation and State. http://backspace.com/notes/images/corporations_own_the_government.png Peter Mizla says: November 20, 2011 at 11:04 am The cartoon elicits the corporatism we have evolved into as a society. Big changes ahead. frank -- Decoding SwiftHack says: November 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm Some people seem to think not in terms of reality and meaning, but in terms of set phrases and clichés. This was already known to George Orwell in 1946, when he wrote the essay “Politics and the English Language”: This mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of any kind of political writing. As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house. I won’t be surprised if some people literally can’t parse e.g. ‘YOU BROKE THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. YOU FIX IT.’ because it’s not made up of familiar clichés. Sadly it seems some of our progressive brethren are also afflicted with this problem. It’s a problem because the problems faced by the US and the world won’t be solved with prepackaged solutions. Let’s ditch set phrases such as “get money out of politics”. Let’s really, really figure out — from basic principles — what exactly is going on, then decide what words we use to describe what we see. Let the meaning choose the word. — frank Raul M. says: November 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm Pulled that good fig leaf from the fig tree, but how was I to know that in a short time the cold winds would blow and the rest of the leaves would fall. Stupid me, I thought that maybe it was me that caused all the leaves to fall. Yet , the story begins, oh, will the fig leaves ever come back and the fruit? Some might like to know of the balance needed for the carbon cycle to follow time honored ways. Unless they don’t. EDpeak says: November 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm What to replace our Corporate Capitalism with? Regulation alone isn’t the answer, as the cartoons Artful Dodger linked to point out (though in the short term, even ‘band aid’ solutions like regulations are important..we need some regulation, badly! The patient needs all the band aids they can get, right now..) But what to aim for? Back in 1907 a pamphlet written with wry humor had a pretty good idea of how to move past corporate capitalism, and no, it had nothing to do with communism either. HOW THE MINERS WERE ROBBED by John Wheatley (1907) http://economicdemocracy.org/miners.html (Links to others: http://economicdemocracy.org/analy.shtml ) Or just want to see a Flash cartoon? Ok: http://economicdemocracy.org/otherworld.swf (Other cartoons: http://economicdemocracy.org/cartoons.html ) Raul M. says: November 21, 2011 at 7:28 am thanks, Joe. Chris Winter says: November 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm The footnote, “*As suggested by CNN’s Allison Kosik,” set me to wondering. Did she suggest that the cartoonist do a strip on this subject? A little Googling pointed to the other possibility: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201110070026 BTW: I opened a twitter account in an effort to boost my chances of getting a certain job. (It didn’t help.) Immediately, three women I had never heard of e-mailed me asking me to follow them. (I didn’t.) In fact, I don’t follow Twitter at all, so I hope I may be excused for missing what Ms. Kosik tweeted.