Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Prominent Republicans Turn On Trump

Donald Trump cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft

The US media is presenting the presidential campaign as a close race. I remember the last time they did this and the truth is it was a shoo-in for Obama Administration, Part II. Now that it looks as though Trump the Chump might actually win, all sorts of people are wriggling out of the woodwork to try to stem support for the outsider.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Social Media Surveillance: We Are Not The Helpless Victims Of a Cackling Villain

Cartoon of Wendy Cockcroft under surveillance
I often get into debates with ethical designer and thinker Aral Balkan. This is mostly due to the fact that he has a rather Marxist outlook while I'm basically conservative. That's where the clash is. Today's debate needs scrutiny: we either are or are not the helpless victim of the Hooded Claw Silicon Valley. I say no.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Brexit: Starring David Davis As Wile E. Coyote

Cartoon: David Davis as Wile E. Coyote and Theresa May as Road Runner
Pre-Brexit, David Davis was one of the few Tories I could stomach, mostly because he's good on surveillance and digital rights. However, his nativist policies are coming a-cropper in the real world so sorry, Dave, you've had this coming for a while.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Once More With Feeling: Anarchy Doesn't Scale!

Maru meme: Any philosophy predicated on a best case scenario is ultimately doomed to failure
Voluntaryism is a growing phenomenon on the alt-right, trumpeted as the ultimate freedom. An offshoot of libertarianism, the idea is that all transactions are entirely of individual volition and that the state either doesn't exist or doesn't intervene. While the idea may be growing in the public consciousness, it's not a new one. Basically, it's anarchy trying to sound like it's wearing a suit. Let's take a closer look.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Brexit: The Backlash Begins

Cartoon of post Brexit Britannia - leaderless and looking foolish
I predicted this at the time: Brexit isn't going to be easy due to the tangle of legal obligations we're tied up in as a result of layers of treaties with our EU partners. Now the Establishment backlash is beginning to bite so butter the popcorn, people, this is going to be fun.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Falling From Grace: Does Trump Still Stand A Chance Of Winning?

Donald Trump cartoon, by Wendy Cockcroft
Donald Trump has been popular among disaffected members of the American public for one reason alone: he promised them hope and change. They are willing to overlook his many faults on the grounds that they believe he can and will deliver on his promises. Now the tide is turning, but could he still win?

Sunday, 31 July 2016

...And The Will Of The People Must Be Respected: Why We Don't Vote As We're Told

The Twofold Principle
I'm currently in popcorn-munching mode over recent political developments. You know that Twofold Principle I'm always banging on about? Well the unfolding events are proving me right: you violate it at your peril; it's a balance, not a contest. Let's take a closer look at what this actually means.