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By Will Eisner

“Eisner was once not just prior to his instances; the current instances are nonetheless catching as much as him.”—John UpdikeCalled “a masterpiece” via R. Crumb, A lifestyles strength chronicles not just the good melancholy but additionally the increase of Nazism and the unfold of socialist politics in the course of the depiction of the protagonist, Jacob Shtarkah, whose existential seek mirrored Eisner’s personal lifelong fight.

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We need to foster a culture where each person feels confident to speak, develops a sense of responsibility for what’s happening, is equipped to help determine the movement’s future direction. ”) or competition between people who value their own prestige and being right over the development of the collective. This open atmosphere is not the default mode in most groups (quite the opposite), and must be consciously cultivated. At Stop the Machine, clearly some attempt was made to distribute responsibility, even if its method seemed like a rather mechanical (and exasperated) afterthought.

The pretense of growth based on debt was enough to bribe much of the population into passivity. The loss of socialism in China and the collapse of the Soviet Union (which, their own natures aside, had acted as counterweights to US hegemony) broke the spirits of most of the rest. Today the global system faces a convergence of crises, but this time there is no economic growth (real or pretend) on the horizon. The system shows no viable possibilities for a future. Capitalism is played out. Yet the ruling class hangs onto power, squeezing the last bits of profit out of us and the natural world, not hesitating to kill us in the process.

So the cycle goes around again, but bigger. In the next turn, they must extract more raw materials, exploit more labor, manufacture more products, generate more waste, make more profits. This isn’t easy; as economies become saturated, there’s less opportunity for profitable investment. So they have to invent ways to turn more things into commodities, invading us through privatization and monetizing every aspect of our lives, from our emotions to genetic material. As we know, you can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet.

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