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The Edit

"The Edit," a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, reminds us how slaughter always becomes the leading component of sausage making in politics.
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, Slate.com, MSNBC.com and various European newspapers. He has also written novels, screenplays, short fiction and cultural criticism collections, and several volumes of political cartoons.

13 comments

  1. It’s just semantics: on the one hand are the “prophets of doom”; on the other are the “profiteers of doom!”

  2. “Worry not about climate destruction and the elimination of all life on earth! Our constant provocation of Russia and China with military exercises on their borders and interference in their internal affairs will inevitably lead to all-out thermonuclear war years before climate destruction takes its toll, so enjoy yourselves, it’s later than you think!
    —Department of State

  3. CO2-driven climate change catastrophism is a master narrative produced by and for the very elite powers whose system of rule is the real threat to us and life on earth, a fear-driven sleight of hand designed to deflect us from realization of and resolve against root causes such as accumulation for the few through dispossession of the many and, beyond elite techno-fixes to how ‘capitalism isn’t working’, the overall destructive nature of class-based society and the need for its revolutionary reorganization. And in the name of another global emergency for biosecurity, the “masters of mankind” (Adam Smith) plan to impose more ‘temporary’ authoritarian measures like (lethal) lockdowns of national economies and move us into a future of absolute austerity comparable to a “boot stamping on a human face – forever” (Orwell). ‘Saving the world’ is indeed a ‘f*ck you and yours’ proposition, but not in the way envisaged by those terrorized by this grand psyop.

    1. I certainly agree about the corrupt “system of rule” but the heating impact of greenhouse gasses is a scientific reality not a conspiracy theory. Our so-called global leaders are more focused on their own wealth and power than they are on the catastrophic climate disasters, like floods, droughts, storms, diseases, wildfires, heatwaves, searise, icemelt, famines, and displacements that are certainly being caused by our polluted atmosphere. And methane is the main concern, not just CO2.

      1. The reality is bought and paid for scientists of the corporate state, in this as in most every other area of monopolized and corrupted ‘expertise’, representing an artificially constructed and censorious ‘consensus’ rigging mathematical models to force limited and inexact data into procrustean molds of theory, directly serving elite interests like neo-Malthusian depopulation agenda and hunger-games austerity for remaining proles, all in response to ecological ’emergency’ from anthropogenic rather than capitalogenic causes, like ‘human-made’ greenhouse gases amounting to remarkably minor percentages in the atmosphere.

    2. The science is very clear on global warming/climate change and has been known at least to some extent since the late 19th Century. Your argument is utter BS. You provide no facts, no studies, and would not be able to contradict the facts that 1) greenhouse gases trap heat; and 2) since humans started burning fossil fuels (i.e., industrial society), humans have emitted massive amounts of greenhouse gases that have heated the Earth’s atmosphere. The natural amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is 280 part per million; it is now well over 400 parts per million because of humans. It is a scientific FACT that this increase is far more than enough to unnaturally warm the Earth’s atmosphere. Previous mass extinctions have been caused by global warming/climate change very similar to the one that humans are causing, with the only difference being that the previous ones weren’t caused by any species.

      To be clear, global warming/climate change isn’t a cause of anything, it’s a mere symptom of wrongful living and specifically of unnatural human air pollution. But despite that, global warming/climate change is an existential problem that could wipe out most or all life on Earth.

      Overpopulation is the biggest, most fundamental, and most important problem on Earth. Before humans started using agriculture 10-12,000 years ago, there were 5-10 million people ON THE ENTIRE PLANET. There are now so many people, and those people live so unnaturally, that the plants and other animals basically have nowhere to live. This has nothing to do with Malthus, he showed no concerns for other species or native ecosystems that I’m aware of, nor for the Earth itself for that matter.

      Your entire premise could not be more flawed. The “corporate state” and its owners want to convince people that anthropogenic global warming/climate change is real because they want to cut into their own profits? Yeah that makes a lot of sense, especially when fossil fuel companies have been lying about anthropogenic global warming/climate change not being real for decades.

      Finally, your comment that economic systems like capitalism are the cause of ecological and/or environmental problems is laughable. Sure, capitalism is a cancer that must be removed from the planet, and we’ll never fix any ecological or environmental problems substantially & permanently without doing so, but capitalism is nowhere near the cause of any of these problems. Capitalism is a mere symptom, the original physical causes being agriculture, civilization, and the creation of money. For example, agriculture itself is war against the Earth, killing native plants in order to plant crops; humans started destroying forests thousands of years ago — beginning several thousand years ago at the dawn of civilization in the Middle East, where they created a desert out of what was a forest — etc.

      If you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. You appear to be a leftist hammer, so all problems look to you like they’re rooted in how people move little green pieces of paper around (credit to the late great Douglas Adams). Nothing could be further from the truth.

  4. Success in business means always putting profit and greed before people and planet! Where would we be without capitalism and giant corporations controlling our minds, our government, our laws and even our religions.

    1. Thanks, Johnny: Its not that the elites are old. The elderly can often be fonts of wisdom and sanity. But these men, our so-called “world leaders”, are not wise sages but selfish, greedy power elites that have no compassion or empathy for those who are already suffering from the impact of our over-heating planet.

      All they care about is wealth and power. The power to steal more from the masses of workers, seniors and students so they can live in luxury and say “let them eat cake”. But they can’t see that the extreme inequity, waste, hunger and pollution are seeding the rebellion and revolution that is coming soon. What will they do when the dollar fails and the economy collapses?

      1. In a corrupt society that obsesses on ego and the material world, old people are not generally wise; they’re just more rotten. People in this society don’t value things like wisdom, so hardly anyone attains it.

  5. So, on point. I think we are doomed to having half the earth non habitable uninhabitable by 2000. Not only are we are individuals mortal but so is our species. I guess there will still be people around but by then they will have built huge self-regenerating spaceship that will be launched looking for new planet to colonize. Imagine the beasts on those planets they will have to encounter.

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