THE HORROR! THE HORROR!
28 January 2017, noonish EST. I decided to draw the ideas that came to me that morning after my usual stream of consciousness journaling and mental perambulation though the (left and center, semi-mainstream, free for now) sites I keep track of. I usual just write/draw brief descriptions of the ideas the would work as a picture/lecture post that passes for art/career these days to jog my memory when I have the time and energy to do art. Sometimes days, weeks later, sometimes not at all.
But today, I decided to just do the damn things. Why? I gotta do something. I feel like a kid again and not in a good way, but as an angry college student doing editorial cartoons against the war and the school administration as well as authoritarians and capitalists in general. My efforts didn’t make a difference then nor do I think they will now, because if you didn’t see this coming—or worse, did and wanted it—my picture/lectures aren’t gonna change your opinions or actions. but now as then I gotta do something.
The top image: “A wall: the current regime’s affordable [don’t] care act.” “Curious this feeling that came over me that such details would be more intolerable than those heads drying on the stakes under Mr. Kurtz’s window.”—J. Conrad. An “Apocalypse, Now” “Heart of Darkness” thing, don’t you think? What would keep good people from coming to this country better than such a border display?
The middle image: “If the Führer wants it, two and two makes five!” —H. Göring. “1984”-ish, yes? “If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” – well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five – well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs”—G. Orwell, 1943. Here we see a demonstration of black-suited, inner-party white elephants—a million and a half strong!—pledging allegiance to the current regime.
The bottom image: “I was a scientist at the E.P.A., what about you?” The current regime’s plan to eliminate any departments that deal with climate change, or anything else that gets in the way of corporate profit taking is gonna put a lot of scientists and doctors out of work. But the wall’s gonna need lots of folk to guard it, so why not try a little “Re-education Through Labor?” RTL has worked so well elsewhere in the world. Plus it’s twice good; the government won’t have to pay scientist wages for border guard work AND those former intellectuals will kept too busy to do any of that sciency stuff.
—28 January 2017, 5:04 pm EST, Suburbia USA