Princess Ashelle, while a bit breezy around the edges, is also a brilliant military tactician and liberator of over a thousand worlds from the Galactic Imperium. (Princess Leia would probably find her insufferable, but the two basically fulfill the same function.) Anyway. . . With all the news around Egypt today, I thought it would be a neat idea for Ashelle to weigh in with her opinions on how to start a healthy new Democracy! (Visit my YouTube channel to see me drawing this strip while discussing it.)
Because, in spite of all the talk and bother, nobody has ever truly managed to do that. All this poor world of ours has ever managed to achieve is "The Super-Rich Own Everything" under one label or another. Plutocracy.
***UPDATE, Dec 13, 2011:
Iceland's president, Olafur Grimmson, when interviewed by the CBC (transcription here) describes about how Iceland refused to play along with the bank bailout/austerity scheme being imposed upon it by the world. A rebel among nations, Iceland rejected the formula for economic slavehood and is now showing a very healthy recovery after it allowed the banks to collapse and refused to pass the responsibility of their debts on to the Icelandic public. Iceland is an example of the three virtues Ashelle talks about in the comics below; Controling your own national currency, Keeping strong social bonds among the people, and Kicking out the psychopaths. Not necessarily in that order. Read the interview to see what I mean.
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Sample Chapter from, Thieves & Kings, Volume 3, "The Blue Book"
Thieves & Kings is not a webcomic. It's an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel series which I've been working on since 1994. It is nearly done; I hope to wrap up the story in the 7th volume, (currently in production). The chapter featured here offers a good example of what it's like to read Thieves & Kings. --It's a peppy sequence, and it contains both regular comic pages, and some text pages. It doesn't show much of the title character, (Rubel) and none of the Shadow Lady, but Heath and Varkias carry the show quite nicely. I do hope you enjoy this sample of my work!
The Walking Mage is a complete story. Originally it was done in black & white, (which you can check out here, if you like). I wanted to experiment with color and so began by using a computer to color the Walking Mage for its print release. After a few panels I decided that it would be a lot more fun to paint it by hand, and so switched to water-color around episode six.
The story itself is quite a good little yarn; funny and pointed in many places, as political satire ought to be. I was actually quite surprised to learn this! I found myself laughing out loud in several places. --I don't know why this story in particular was so hard for me to accept, but it was. I avoided reading it for several years after it first went to press. The ending is rather abrupt, but it was a serial strip, after all.
So anyway, after having let this web-comic languish in the digital attic, I've decided to pull it out and post it again for all the world in its full-color glory. This is the first time the Walking Mage has been available in full color on the web. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Quinton and Varkias. Cheers!
I have a sneaking suspicion that the New Fascism will be coming from the Left this time around.
Nobody seems to see it coming, and who can blame them? It's unexpected. It's in a brand new form.
Well.., I see it coming, but who am I? Just a guy who may look forward to being hauled in front of some star chamber for not going along with the popular chorus.
Don't laugh. It happened to thousands of nobodies during the McCarthy reign. People don't seem to realize how close we all are again.
If you don't happen to believe the hysterical claims about Russian interference in the U.S. election... (I sure don't. Still no evidence is forthcoming. If there was something to it, you *know* I'd be all over it; I don't have any loyalties other than to the Human Race. But I looked, without my bias glasses, and there ain't nothin' there, folks. Just a bunch of hearsay and self-important people agreeing with themselves, but providing no actual evidence of any kind. -At least Colin Powell had a little vial of white powder to shake in front of the UN when he was peddling the pretend Iraqi WMD threat. I tell ya, standards have slipped at the Ministry of Make-Believe!)
I'm currently reading a biographical work by Carl Bernstein. -You may remember the name; he was one of the two reporters who broke the Watergate story. Dustin Hoffman played him in "All the President's Men". He's a top notch writer and very smart man with all his morals tightly in place. Very pro-human.
Anyway, he grew up during the communist witch hunt period. His father was deeply involved in the union movement in the 30's and 40's, and when the anti-communism thing got rolling, his life, along with thousands of others, was put under enormous pressure. Years of surveillance and hounding by the FBI, questioning in front of courts where he was not allowed a defense lawyer.
The amazing part is that, according to Carl's interviews long after the fact, the political establishment knew, -they knew- there was no real communist threat to the American government.
That needs to sink in.
Even during the cold war, the idea that there was a plague of Russian spies infiltrating the U.S. government was considered nonsense by the actual powers. It was a useful fiction, one that the public could grasp and be inflamed by so that insane laws could be passed.
See.., at the time, unions were becoming strong. Civil rights were a problem. Blacks allowed to sit in restaurants? Equal pay for equal work? That shit had to be put down!
The way it was done was under the guise of catching communists.
Anybody involved in union activity was painted with the commie brush and their lives destroyed, regardless of any affiliation or not with the communist party. (Usually not.)
It was a coup. What a great way for industry to win! And win they did.
And guess what?
We're seeing the same thing happening again today.
Back during Truman's presidency, public sentiment was easily whipped up using simple, but emotionally direct stories about the communist threat. -And it got to be so that in order to maintain his presidency, Truman had to capitulate to the public demand that "Something Be Done!"
Executive Order #9835, the so-called "Loyalty Order" was passed. -A piece of law designed to purge the government of supposed communists. It allowed any of the million+ employees of the government to be accused, -anonymously- of being Un-American. You couldn't face your accuser. You didn't even get a lawyer.
This was dark, dark stuff. It was indeed, fascist.
Even if not convicted, the accusation alone destroyed lives. Thousands of them. This was followed closely by the McCarthy trials which went after not just government employees, but anybody. (Go watch "Trumbo" to get some idea of what it was like in Hollywood).
And guess what?
It's happening again. The same ingredients (and similar) are being pulled off the shelves. It's really creepy to see my liberal friends, -who are for the most part genuinely smart and caring people, posting such dangerous anti-human stuff like it's some sort of game.
Reading through Bernstein's book provides more than enough grist to see the parallels between then and now. The atmosphere is smelling the same.
"Fake News" has led to the passing, like days ago, of a law with eerily vague definitions designed to "Fight Propaganda".
Shoot, guys! This is happening under our noses. It is conceivable that *this* very post could cross some make-believe line and get me in trouble.
Here's the quick of it:
Hillary lost and Trump won and he is scary.
But clinging to fairy tales about the Russian boogeyman dispensing fake news, (most of which comes from garden variety trolls, click-harvesters as well as actual news agencies with political biases. A recent example here),
-Well, clinging to such fairy tales because they support the claims Hillary was making, isn't the smart or right way to go about dealing with reality.
If fascism comes to the West again in such an overt manner as we have seen, if thousands of people are accused and investigated, their lives destroyed, (think "punitive tax audit" but where you could wind up tried for treason), it will be thanks to those who allowed themselves to be duped. Again.
Some of you are people I've known for a long time. People I care about, who in an effort to help are being re-routed into the exact thing they want to defend against. Why? Because the CIA (and similar groups) are smarter and better trained than they are. Because my friends have real lives and actual things to do with their time; they haven't devoted all of their energies and resources to learning how to Mess With People's Heads. They are sitting ducks.
And the irony will be that when the dark shit comes, it will be courtesy not of Trump or his minions, but the people frightened of the very beast they most want to avoid.
Don't be a part of the problem.
(BTW, "Shaming" people into obeying a set of dictates or beliefs, is fundamentally a fascist act. Food for thought.)
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