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Not Talking About Capitalism by Stuart McMillen. Comic cover artwork with greyscale illustration of back of young man’s head, looking away from viewer.It is unfashionable to talk about capitalism. Cartoon illustration of young man looking out of an apartment window, with satellite dishes, cables, and gutter visible.Especially to talk about it using the word ‘capitalism’. View of black and white cityscape on a hillside, with greyscale clouds.For some reason, it is taboo to name the system that contains us. Cartoon of shady apartment complex stairways, looking down towards the cityscape behind the building.Actually using the phrase ‘free market capitalism’ gets one painted as a rebel, as a troublemaker. Comics artwork of young man walking down staircase in apartment complex, away from viewer.But why shouldn’t we openly talk about capitalism? Low angle view of apartment building balconies, drawn in greyscale cartoon style.It is the single dominant force that shapes our lives today. Low angle view of young man descending staircase, with homeless man sitting underneath the steps. Black and white cartoon illustration by Stuart McMillen.Our silence on capitalism is like people living under a religious theocracy not talking about the system that most overwhelmingly shapes their thoughts and actions. Cartoon Muslim women in black hijabs clothing walking towards viewer, seen from a low angle.Cartoon Stuart McMillen walking through a Muslim temple, with men in traditional dress and minarets in background.Let’s talk about capitalism. For better or for worse. Cartoon drawing of young man standing on staircase overlooking a city street, drawn in black and white and greyscale.Let’s use the word. View of dense city landscape, with buildings and trees on hillside. Black and white view of nearby high street buildings and power poles. Let’s use the word. View of dense city landscape, with buildings and trees on hillside. Black and white view of nearby high street buildings and power poles.Let’s use the word. View of dense city landscape, with buildings and trees on hillside. Black and white view of nearby high street buildings and power poles.

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Comments

See Farrr

13 April 2018

Wonderful cartoon! Superb idea. We do need this discussion.

ecnal

12 April 2018

I participate in rigorous debate on the topic of capitalism--with reference to the actual word quite commonly--on virtually a daily basis. There is a large cadre of people--particularly Millennials--who vociferously espouse the implementation of socialism and regularly evoke the word in an effort to decry capitalism. I find myself defending capitalism's merits and correcting misinformation on the topic all of the time. I tend to enjoy your insights, but this one seems off-base to me.

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