By Stephanie McMillan
Can a cartoonist and hundreds of thousands of random strangers switch the realm? The preliminary phases in their try are chronicled during this ebook of comics-journalism and written observations.
Stephanie McMillan, long-time activist and cartoonist, has waited her whole lifestyles for the yankee humans to rise up. Sparked via uprisings all over the world, a brand new circulation bursts onto the nationwide scene opposed to a system that denies the folks a good lifestyles and places the planet at risk.
With pleasant full-color drawings, interviews, discussion, description, and insightful reflections, this publication chronicles the first numerous months of the delicate and contradictory circulate. It situates targeted own studies and representative narratives in the large context of a really targeted and ancient worldwide conjuncture. This book will stand as a list of the rising flow in available comics shape.
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But for the system overall, too much surplus value causes problems. It can’t all be absorbed back into the economy. What do they do with it? They can’t just leave it lying around to depreciate; they have to get rid of it somehow. A portion is siphoned off for personal use by capitalists, to furnish extravagant lifestyles with excessive salaries and bonuses. Also, they must force open and seize control of more markets. This is one of the driving forces for imperialism. When more than one country does this, major inter-imperialist conflicts ensue.
Title. 48'4—dc23 2012029865 book design by stephanie mcmillan printed in the united states of america A Note to Pirates Your goals may be noble: everything should be free, including information. Liberating state secrets is a righteous act. But liberating information from the enemy isn’t the same as taking content from your friends and allies, especially while we still live in an economy that forces us to pay for food and shelter. If we don’t find ways to support our movement’s artists, musicians, writers, and independent publishers, then soon we won’t have any.
They draw it into dead ends it creates for this purpose: pressuring public officials, working with corporate and state funded non-profits, exercising formal civil rights such as free speech—as long as we don’t threaten the actual relationship of power, we have all these means of dissent that we’re permitted to exercise. And because the system has ideological hegemony (in other words, brainwashing), most people can’t conceptualize resistance outside of this framework allowed by the system itself.