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Comic 105 - The American Dream - Part 1

9th Feb 2011, 2:28 PM
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9th Feb 2011, 2:28 PM
J2383
This I've been saying I was going to put this one together for a while, but haven't had time with work being what it is.

Basically, capitalism depends on a free market; and the market is no longer free when megacorporations control things with a fairly tight grip. Usually the initial reaction I get to this argument is that, "it's still a free market because we could all decide to simply not support the megacorporations." I'd like to point out that 1: this is like saying that we don't have to pay taxes because everyone in the country could simply choose to not pay them; and 2: what makes you think your other 'options' aren't also controlled by the megacorporation? There are 40-or-so brands of dog food, and 5 companies that actually make them...odds are, if you're boycotting Brand X, you're still supporting the company that makes it. Without local flavor and zest in a community, what's the point in going anywhere? It'll all be exactly the same.


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9th Feb 2011, 3:55 PM
Unka John
Still love your feature, man.
9th Feb 2011, 7:34 PM
Not_Tomato_Soup
This... too true.
9th Feb 2011, 11:49 PM
Leno
Actually there is a word that defines a small group of people having all the power purely due to having lots of money.
Plutocracy.

Pretty incisive piece though, food for thought...
10th Feb 2011, 1:17 AM
J2383
@Leno
You're absolutely right. Oligarchy could be used to describe that situation, but it certainly isn't the best word for the job. The comic has been corrected.
@Not_Tomato_soup & Unka_John
Thank you very much, gentlemen.
10th Feb 2011, 5:08 AM
ComfortBlades
I think I like the "full of shame" frame, best. I managed to cringe and laugh at the same time.
10th Feb 2011, 6:54 AM
jimp1947
Good analysis. Add to that the fact that the multinationals control your reality, through their complete domination of the Main Stream Media (with the possible and probably temporary exception of the internet), and we are pretty well screwed.
10th Feb 2011, 7:03 AM
LP
LP
Great comic, great message. These things are eventually self-correcting; the system will collapse due to the fact that our country seems to make money wagering on whether or not people will pay their credit card debt or not. In the meantime, folks, make your own stuff! Brew your own alcohol, start a garden, support local entertainment, etc.
10th Feb 2011, 11:49 AM
Gremloch
Correct again!
Of course, here I have to put in my plug about how this is perpetuated by those that REALLY run the show. You mentioned plutocracy--call me crazy now, but the world is a global plutocracy under the rich families who practically own the world. I'm a conspiracy theorist, so I'm crazy, yes, but not wrong: The Illuminati is the government, and few others truly exist nowadays.
10th Feb 2011, 2:47 PM
Whosaidthat
Gremloch: well, most governments exist in an attempt to exclude the development/establishment of internally competing systems anyway...
10th Feb 2011, 5:32 PM
ComfortBlades
Wikipedia says, "The combination of both plutocracy and oligarchy is called plutarchy."
11th Feb 2011, 1:11 AM
JimBob
Over all pretty good. But the last panel has problems. Capitalism NEVER prevents one company/organization from getting too much power. The goal of all corporations is to make money providing a product or service within the boundry of the law (which is a joke sometimes)…with a large emphasis on making money (the company needs to keep shareholders happy so the shareholders will keep their money invested in the company and this is done by being able to give them large returns based on large profits). For the sake of simplicity, the more money a company can pull out of a market, the larger their marketshare is and the smaller everyone else’s. This, therefore, puts everyone else out of business and gives a few people/corporations all the power (yes…that’s pretty much the definition of a monoply). Is it ethically or morally correct to have all/most of the power in a only a few people? I’d agree with most people in saying no…but this is the true face of capitalism.
11th Feb 2011, 1:40 AM
Pbray
This is pretty much the same thing I've been writing in essays/arguing with people with for years. Good to see it with pictures and graphs though.
13th Feb 2011, 1:55 AM
Pete
If you find a solution let us know, though being aware of the issues is pretty much it's own solution. Nicely written comic, thanks.
6th Mar 2011, 10:26 AM
Nick
I agree with your assessment of the problem. Where we diverge, is that unrestricted capitalism will always lead to a power structure with "winners" - monopolies. You blame modern technology for ruining capitalism, but you can't blame people in a capitalist system for using every advantage to get ahead because that is the point of the system. Thus, I think we both agree on the problem and the ultimate wealth distribution we would like to see in society, but unregulated capitalism appears to be what got us in this mess. I don't really trust the government either, but what other organization can regulate these corporate crooks? I think if we could really have a government by the people, of the people, and for the people, we could have a system that would regulate the horribly corrupt power structure. Is that possible?
We need to take our government back from corporate interests and then find a sensible way to keep corporate interests in check... landerik22@yahoo.com
7th Jul 2011, 3:30 PM
a monkey
Then what's the solution then? I'm not saying I agree with you, but I would like to hear what YOU think would fix this.