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Debt to Society

Mr. Fish
Mr. Fish

Dwayne Booth (a.k.a., Mr. Fish) is a cartoonist, freelance writer, and ScheerPost’s artistic director, and he has been published in many reputable and prestigious magazines, journals and newspapers. In addition to Harper’s Magazine, his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones Magazine, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader,, and various European newspapers. He has also written novels, screenplays, short fiction and cultural criticism collections, and several volumes of political cartoons.


  1. In like manner, a prison has been made for us. We are told that to have a family (which is what everybody does, so it is the only right way {thinking error}), we need to keep them comfortable (thinking error), and to keep them comfortable, you need a good income. For a good income, you need a college education. Sooooo…You get a two hundred thousand dollar-plus loan and spend at least four of your best years of your youth in college. There, you learn mostly false information that you are expected to believe, and false concepts passed down for decades to be indoctrinating the world with lies. For four years or more, you learn to be submissive to your “superiors,” smiling while they deceive you and force you to deceive and to swindle others, to be a sex toy, to be used by the system, and to basically conform to capitalist materialism.

    Now you can get married (the good old ball and chain), buy a house (get further in debt), buy a car or two (more debt and headache), and spend your life in the rat race of competition, screwing each other and making the rich boss-man richer and more powerful, so that he can hire more people to be as happily employed as you are. The best part is that every Friday you can go to a restaurant and eat cooked cattle flesh and have a beer. Plus you can go to Disneyland for a week once every year. This method of earning middle class income of perhaps $50,000 a year and being a half million dollars in debt (plus interest) is the product of our world system’s planned method to enslave us.
    <> Make sure you please your boss and do what he says, do a good job, because poverty is real problems. Likewise, make sure that you give your wife no reason to divorce you, because lawyers, alimony, child support, and relationships with one woman after another, all with little surprises, most of them rejects, is not to be looked forward to. HAY KIDZ, SOUNDZ GRATE, DON’T IT?!?!
    Now go to college as good and respectable American citizens. After all, our economy needs us to perpetuate the system and pay taxes. This book shows how our system profits only a very few exceedingly wealthy people, who manipulate and screw everybody else.



  3. It’s great to see work that the daily newspapers, virtually all owned by some corporate chain or some billionaire asshole, wouldn’t touch with a 10ft pole.

    Bravo, Dwayne Booth.

  4. We all live in debt slavery with the small exception of the 1%. This can and must change. It is upside down and inside out. The Federal Reserve is Neither. It is and has been a LIE. Just like our entire history. We have been fed a manufactured lie, and we need to change that. Revolution in the form of denial, or refusal to pay taxes to a system you were never asked to support but just fell into is wrong. Especially when you cannot afford to live on what you make. This is a slavery system and we have been duped into believing that the American Dream is real. No it is a lie just like everything else. The govt shows you the one family from the third world who came to America to work labor and they claim its the American dream. To them it is a dream. But soon they learn they are still slaves.

  5. Perhaps the most appropriate political cartoon of our time. Out of the park Mr. Fish.

  6. Keep the working class undereducated, struggling and distracted
    Keep the middle class shopping, in debt and distracted.
    Keep the ruling class RULING.
    It’s that easy.

  7. Taxes are not necessary – they are only to keep us using $s.

    Learn MMT.

  8. Being born into a dysfunctional/abusive “family” and you’re in even MORE debt,, Psych, health debt. You’re robbed of your energy, you’re trained that you’re here for those in “power” rather than the other way around. You spend your life being told “your poor “parents” who you should feel sorry for even though they Failed you miserably.
    I’ve been gaslit since the early 70s’ for saying ALL this about the “family” AND “community” who ALL made excuses for the Pillagers in “power” and made the healthy truth telling youth the scapegoat, “bad guy”. I am in AWE that we’re living in it on a Mass scale now

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