Monday, February 23, 2009

The Emancipation Proclamation, Disassembled

I've seen this strip before, but today my pal KC reminded me of it. It's a graphic version of Friedrich A Hayek's book, The Road to Serfdom. It was originally published in Look Magazine not long after the end of WWII.

It looks like not too many people read that issue......

The strip takes on additional meaning in the light of our new charismatic empty suit. B Hussein Obama seems to have won the hearts (they certainly don't use their brains) of the airhead entertainers, surfer bums and welfare queens with his promise of a free home in every garage, and free money to buy their pot.

Chickens tend to come home to roost, though, and so do unpaid debts. When it's realized that Caesar can't run the printing presses forever, and eventually, we'll need a better Plan. If the plan turns off the money spigot, the welfare queens won't like it. And, well, the rest of the story won't be fun to experience.

Better to stop this drift into cannibalism now, while there's still a memory of the America that once was. Find the graphic The Road to Serfdom here.

People shouldn't be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people.

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California

Addendum: TWC reminds me that the graphic strip was first published as a booklet as a part of General Motors' Thought Starter Series, then was published in Look Magazine.


The Wine Commonsewer said...

The real meaning here is that 60 years ago GM was not a lethal-centrist blood sucking organism. Not your father's Oldsmobile.

GM Thought Starter Series? Who would have thought it?

Click my name for gratuitous self-promotion. I mean for my take on this.

BTW, KFC is the guy in Florida. KC is the guy you mean. Or maybe KC Foxx. :-)

Col. Hogan said...


KC....of course. Fixed it.

I've never thought of GM as the root cause of the problem--rather as a collaborating victim.

The Wine Commonsewer said...

I've never thought of GM as the root cause of the problem--rather as a collaborating victim.

I'm less generous. I don't see GM as Patti Hearst. I'll grant you that incentives work (see WalMart's capitulation to the eminent domain and tax incentives offered by cities and counties with the whiny little excuse that everyone else is doing it and we have to protect our shareholder interests).

Like most people, GM has responded to those incentives. But GM is more than a collaborator. This is not the GM that publicly and vocally opposed central planning sixty years ago.

T. F. Stern said...

Time for a revolution, or at least enough of an uprising to get Washington's attention.

Col. Hogan said...


Last time I heard, unlike Patti Hearst, GM isn't threatening people with guns.

While I agree that GM, like many other of the corporate entities that make up the American business community, tries to take advantage of as much government largess as it can.

The fault lies with government more than GM though, since government offers this largess in defiance of the guidelines under which the US Constitution requires it to operate.

And government has guns and is less afraid to use them on US citizens than on foreigners.

Col. Hogan said...


I'm following this "Tea Party" thing, since it not only drew some pretty impressive numbers loudly criticizing B Hussein's tax and spend policies, but got significant news coverage nationwide.

I think that should continue and intensify.