What if we were living in an exact repeat of political arguments 60 years ago? Spoiler Alert: WE ARE!
Technology is accelerating all around us, but our public policy debates are clearly going in circles. How fascinating that we could be out exploring the galaxy by now, yet here we are hashing out this junk yet again. Exhibit A: “Alice In Blunderland: A Fantasy for Every American Citizen” (1952)
Ever heard people calling for you to “Wake Up!” and railing against “big government’, “tax & spend” policies? Freaked out about scary alerts that the Federal government is threatening to control everything? Oh and did ya notice the attacks on public sector workers, dubious examples of government waste, equating regulation with anti-capitalism and, of course, questioning progressive taxes for the wealthy & corporations.
Well you can find them all in this anonymous 1952 political propaganda comic book.
“It’s Time For All Of Us To WAKE UP! ”
“Time to cut every cent of government waste and inefficiency”
“Time to clamp down on the ‘spend and tax’ spiral”
“Time to stop the growth of the overpowering Federal government”
“Time to bring government back home”
FUCK …. this is exactly like right now, in 2012.
Tea party patriots, fundamentalist conservatives, libertarians and Ron Paul supporters may (or may not) be surprised to see the exact language of today’s headlines. A few easy to remember memes, repeated as though they were unquestionable, targeted as a populist message, even though the policies advocated do little or nothing for the average American.
So the natural question arises: Who the fuck made this?