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Syd Hoff: The Upper Crust – Cartooning Capitalism

June 19, 2015

Syd Hoff (1912-2004) was a cartoonist and children’s book author. In 1933, Hof began contributing political cartoons to leftist newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Worker and New Masses under the pseudonym, A. Redfield. Hoff also drew cartoons for the New Yorker magazine under the title of “The Ruling Clawss.”

Below are two of Hoff’s political cartoons that speak to the economic inequality that existed between the wealth class and the working class in the 1920’s and ’30’s. These cartoons could just as well have been drawn today to cartoon the economic inequality that exists in the United States and World.

The cartoons are entitled “The Upper Crust.”

Upper Crust Vitamins Washington New Dealer A. Redfield Syd Hoff

Upper Crust Madame Washing New Dealer

Information about Syd Hoff can be found here.

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DebsSpeak: The System and the Tramp

March 14, 2014

Eugene V. Debs identifies with the economically destitute.

” … I am with the tramp, and against the system of society that made him a tramp.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “Competition vs. Cooperation”, September 29, 1900)

Know More Than “They” Want Us To Know

February 17, 2014

We only know what “They” want us to know.

Six major media corporations – Columbia Broadcasting Companies (CBS), Disney, National Broadcasting Company-Universal, News Corporation, Time-Warner, and get educatedViacom – control 90% of what America listens to, reads, and watches.

Two hundred and thirty-two media executives control what 277 million Americans read, watch, and listen to.

That is what goes into our brains via morning talk shows, “who is your baby’s daddy” shock and repulse spectacles, the evening news, prime time television dance and musical competitions, police dramas, sit-coms, and weight loss face-off shows. That is what “informs” and “entertains” us.

For the most part, the news is biased and the shows are inane. Intended to shape and distract us. To keep our minds stupefied and off of things such as corporate dominated government, economic inequality, job loss, poverty, and perpetual war.

“That’s why they call it ‘programming'”, someone has written.

So, it is critical that we seek other sources for our news and information if we are going to be informed, well-educated, and prepared for meaningful engagement in today’s real life world. And, there are many alternative sources that we can turn to for different perspectives on and analyses of current events and the socio-economic-political issues that affect each of us and our families every day.

The blogs, news, and organization sites that are linked in the right-hand column are some of those resources.

Let’s get educated and know more than “They” want us to know.

Get informed and educated and involved in the world around you. That’s when we will begin to see positive, Progressive change in our communities.

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“‘Educate yourselves because we’ll need all your intelligence. Agitate because we’ll need all your enthusiasm. Organize yourselves because we’ll need all your strength.”

~ Antonio Gramsci ~

They Want To Buy The Government

December 15, 2013

What was said then can be said today. Hear Harry Truman on Republicans –

Truman on Republicans

The Right To Stay Home

December 9, 2013

In my last post, I shared about a book I was looking forward to purchasing and reading through. The book is The Future Of Our Schools – Teacher Unions And Social Justice by Dr. Lois Weiner. I would note that I ordered this book last week and received it in the mail on Friday.

There is a second book that I have been wanting to read. That book is The Right To Stay Home – How US Policy Drives Mexican right to stay homeMigration by David Bacon. I have wanted to read it because immigration and immigration reform is a major issue in the United States that must addressed and dealt with. There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the States. They are often made the scapegoat for many of America’s ills. They are accused of everything from taking American’s jobs to taking advantage of and draining our social services and tax dollars.

In The Right To Stay Home, David Bacon, noted journalist, photographer, and union activist, addresses immigration, especially from Mexico, and writes that United States’ foreign policy and our free-trade agreements with Mexico are largely responsible for the impoverishment and migration of many Mexicans to the United States.

This overview of the book is found on the inside of the book’s dust jacket:

“People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation.

In The Right to Stay Home, journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn’t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the ‘right to stay home.’ This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders.”

I am very concerned about the men, women, and families who have been displaced from their homes in Mexico and other Central American nations because of the economic policies of the United States and free trade agreements we have entered into with our Central American neighbors.

I believe The Right To Stay Home will make me more knowledgeable of US economic and trade policies and their role in and impact on Mexican immigration to the United States for work and the improvement of their lives. But I do now want to just be more knowledgeable of these matters, I want to be better equipped to serve as a voice and advocate for the rights and welfare of these undocumented working men and women.

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See my post, Immigration Reform: Facts Vs. Myths.

Squelch the Sequester

March 1, 2013

What will the Sequester mean for my state, Texas, if it goes into effect today? 2013 Sequester Cuts

Check out the White House document that puts the numbers on the negative impact that the Sequester will have on child care, education, environmental protection, nutritional assistance for the elderly, and so much more in the Lone Star State.

Check out its impact on your state here (at the bottom of the page).

Mother Jones helps us better understand the Sequester here.

He Doesn’t Care: We Are the 47%

September 19, 2012

Yesterday, I learned that my family and I are a part of American society that presidential candidate Mitt Romney does not care about.

We are the 47%.