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Evolution Of The Left

An Italian political cartoon. This, by the way, partly explains Il Trumpo.

UPDATE: “Oggi” means “today” in Italian.

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#1 Comment By Rob G On June 12, 2019 @ 12:11 pm

Wankers of the world, unite!

#2 Comment By Old West On June 12, 2019 @ 12:14 pm

“Partly”?

#3 Comment By Lee (in KY) On June 12, 2019 @ 12:14 pm

They should run this cartoon in the NY Times.

Oh, wait…

#4 Comment By John Mark On June 12, 2019 @ 12:15 pm

I wonder if this could be published in the US–without protests on the streets, or one lawsuit after another, and the twitter mob demanding an apology, etc.

#5 Comment By Elijah On June 12, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

Ouch.

#6 Comment By charles cosimano On June 12, 2019 @ 1:22 pm

It could be published but the problem is finding a publisher who would tell the twitter mobs to go do something obscene to their mothers.

I think it would be cool if a biker club started a publishing house.

#7 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On June 12, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

That, unfortunately, is not the EVOLUTION of the left. That’s cultural appropriation by the liberals and bohemians. Even if some of the proletariat voted for Trump over Clinton, the working class is still defined by its relationship to the means of production, not by how “woke” anyone may be. LGBTQWERTY is cheap liberation, because it doesn’t cost anyone any capital investment, income, or privilege to be an “ally.”

I wonder if this could be published in the US–without protests on the streets, or one lawsuit after another, and the twitter mob demanding an apology, etc.

Probably not, until Americans learn to give the Twitter mob a Cosimanian Orthodox middle finger.

#8 Comment By Virginia SoCon On June 12, 2019 @ 1:48 pm

I would argue that the last image is so extreme as to be an exaggeration, but one can look at any pride parade that is going on this month and see similar attire. Sickening, isn’t it?

#9 Comment By Anne On June 12, 2019 @ 2:03 pm

Can you imagine what an “evoluzione” on the right might look like?

[NFR: There Will Always Be An Anne. — RD]

#10 Comment By FoolMeOnce On June 12, 2019 @ 2:50 pm

“I would argue that the last image is so extreme as to be an exaggeration.”

Well, yes. It’s a right-wing cartoon, is it not?

#11 Comment By Sands On June 12, 2019 @ 2:51 pm

Can you imagine what an “evoluzione” on the right might look like?

This is y’alls freak parade. Own with some, umm…PRIDE!

#12 Comment By Ted On June 12, 2019 @ 2:53 pm

Virginia SoCon: “I would argue that the last image is so extreme as to be an exaggeration…”

You would?

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#13 Comment By Joe Carter On June 12, 2019 @ 2:54 pm

***This, by the way, partly explains Il Trumpo.***

It’s bizarre that social conservatives think the answer is to support a man who personally endorses the LGBTQ agenda, supported transgender bathroom access, and pretended to be sexually aroused by seeing Rudy Giuliani dressed in drag.

If Trump is the best champion we have the fight is already lost.

[NFR: I get that. I think the fight is already lost. As you know. — RD]

#14 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On June 12, 2019 @ 3:06 pm

but one can look at any pride parade that is going on this month and see similar attire

Well, if you’re going to have a “gay pride” parade, you can either march in suits to show off how conventional you really are — just like all the rest of you really — OR you can exhibit what makes you different… which is basically flaunting your sexual proclivities as your primary self-definition.

A parade for “Black Pride” doesn’t require anything except being there, because its true that people who pay attention to skin color see you as “black” 24/7. But the gay movement started with the slogan “We don’t know who we are,” and if you don’t know, none of the rest of us know either. What’s wrong with that?

#15 Comment By RR On June 12, 2019 @ 3:09 pm

The funny thing is that Marxists during the 1950s proclaimed that homosexuality was a product of “bourgeois decadence” that would disappear after the revolution was complete.

#16 Comment By JonF On June 12, 2019 @ 3:53 pm

I’d stick a black Obama clone in there at the 2010 mark and that would strengthen the claim about Trump. I know some folks get indignant at that notion, but it’s pretty obviously true that the South (and some Northern demographics) started trending Republican at the same time the Democrats fully embraced civil rights. And that was well before today’s culture wars were a thing.

#17 Comment By Ted On June 12, 2019 @ 4:40 pm

RR: “The funny thing is that Marxists during the 1950s proclaimed that homosexuality was a product of “bourgeois decadence” that would disappear after the revolution was complete.”

Yes, but consider the “lede” of Oscar Wilde’s “The Soul of Man under Socialism”:

“The chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism is, undoubtedly, the fact that Socialism would relieve us from that sordid necessity of living for others which, in the present condition of things, presses so hardly upon almost everybody. In fact, scarcely anyone at all escapes.”

Marxism always promised to destroy the family.

#18 Comment By Adamant On June 12, 2019 @ 5:05 pm

I would respond with a snarky ‘evolution of the right’ but really, what’s changed?

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#19 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

Just one of all the cartoons the Leprosy Lady will no longer publish. Humor is not fit to print, as well as news that does not fit.

#20 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 12, 2019 @ 5:32 pm

“[NFR: There Will Always Be An Anne. — RD]”

Nobody lives forever. — Blade Runner

#21 Comment By Another James On June 12, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

“Oggi” is Italian for “Today.” I know that the context provides tat understanding.

I post this only to save someone the googling that I did.

#22 Comment By dominic1962 On June 12, 2019 @ 7:01 pm

“”The funny thing is that Marxists during the 1950s proclaimed that homosexuality was a product of “bourgeois decadence” that would disappear after the revolution was complete.“

It does, but you can always shoot the useful idiots later. If that is an in, why waste it?

The giant dildo is a nice touch…

#23 Comment By Batin On June 12, 2019 @ 8:22 pm

But would the Twitter mobs come after the cartoonist or those on the Left who were outraged at the cartoonist?

Why should the image of a flamboyantly androgynous person striding along provoke anything but pride and joy?

#24 Comment By JonF On June 12, 2019 @ 8:37 pm

Re: Marxism always promised to destroy the family.

A trait of all sorts of utopias– a word which means “no where” of course, which points to the fact that the family isn’t going anywhere because utopia will not be realized.
And yet we do need to note in this context Jesus’ harder words on the subject of family: that anyone who does his will is his kin, that he brings a sword to separate kin from kin, and that in the Resurrection there will be no marrying– and presumably no children.

#25 Comment By Houstonian On June 12, 2019 @ 9:11 pm

@ JonF

.. it’s pretty obviously true…

Don’t let famed Walker Percy Weekend speaker, Jessica Hooten, hear you say that!!

#26 Comment By Cato On June 12, 2019 @ 10:21 pm

” I know some folks get indignant at that notion, but it’s pretty obviously true that the South (and some Northern demographics) started trending Republican at the same time the Democrats fully embraced civil rights. ”

Well, that depends. When exactly did the Democrats fully embrace civil rights? The blue collar racists on the fire department with my Dad back in Georgia in the 80s were both hardcore racists and hardcore Democrats. I remember them. My Republican father was the exception on both counts.

JonF how would you like to endlessly be falsely accused of racism by people like yourself?

#27 Comment By Fran Macadam On June 13, 2019 @ 6:39 am

“But the gay movement started with the slogan ‘We don’t know who we are,’ and if you don’t know, none of the rest of us know either.”

Don’t ask, don’t tell.

#28 Comment By Rob G On June 13, 2019 @ 8:26 am

~~A trait of all sorts of utopias– a word which means “no where” of course, which points to the fact that the family isn’t going anywhere because utopia will not be realized.~~

Funny….that doesn’t keep utopians from trying it though, does it. They obviously missed the memo.

#29 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On June 13, 2019 @ 11:50 am

I think the cartoon captures the perception that the political left is focused on niche issues, rather than those with a broader appeal.

Specifically the entire LGBT community is a tiny segment of the population, and it’s not an issue that motivates the average person. Here’s the sort of issue effecting the average person:

Your community’s public school is a century old and in need of extensive repair and remodeling. Your state government has the funds to aid poorer communities, but your community is not eligible due to your above median income status. The Federal government is useless because the Department of Education has no role in actually funding education. Only mandating useless standardized tests, or title IX guidance.

Your community is also keenly aware that as a net donor municipality and state, any increases in state or Federal taxes would flow elsewhere anyway.

The only means your community has to raise the funds is to vote to raise local income taxes. But such taxes are regressive, and will hurt the less affluent members of your community the most. This means the beauticians, carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, and police officers.

Now ask these members of the forgotten middle class how they’ll vote next year.

Also, this isn’t a pity party for me, as I’m not a member of the forgotten middle class. I’m one of the more affluent members raising their taxes because the school needs to be fixed. I just hear them screaming bloody murder, and I know it’s not a bluff.

#30 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On June 13, 2019 @ 12:35 pm

The blue collar racists on the fire department with my Dad back in Georgia in the 80s were both hardcore racists and hardcore Democrats. I remember them. My Republican father was the exception on both counts.

And how do those racists from the fire department, or their children, tend to vote now? How would your father have voted in the last few election cycles?

My mother was a life long Republican, and she voted for Obama. I have little to no respect for the Democratic Party, but you seem to be offering evidence for precisely the premise you are contesting.

#31 Comment By Franklin Evans On June 13, 2019 @ 4:08 pm

With apologies to The Bard.

The quality of humor is not strained.
It droppeth from the garbled brains of pundits
Upon the space bequeathed. It is twice blast’d:
It blasts him that gives and him that takes.
‘Tis most needed in the mightiest; it behooves
The thronèd monarch to remove his crown.
The attribute to power and wealth
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kingpins;
But humor is above his sceptered swagger.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of all;
It is an attribute of the gods themselves;
And earthly demagoguery doth pale in its shadow
When humor seasons justice.

— My latest lead balloon, courtesy of the courtroom speech by Portia, in William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 4, Scene 1.

#32 Comment By Ted On June 13, 2019 @ 4:47 pm

Rob G says: “Funny….that doesn’t keep utopians from trying it though, does it. They obviously missed the memo.”

Bingo. As did their dupes. It’s all funny, Rob G.

“Stalin isn’t murdering his own citizens. Marxism is a humanism. That’s just rightist propaganda.”

“Mao is an agrarian reformer.” [I guess so, in a way.]

“We want abortion to be safe, legal and rare.”

“All they want to do is inherit property.”

“It’s genetic. They’re not coming after anybody’s kids.”

#33 Comment By Ted On June 13, 2019 @ 4:49 pm

“Safe, legal, and rare.” Admittedly, NOBODY fell for that horsesh-t.

#34 Comment By JonF On June 13, 2019 @ 7:05 pm

Re: “We want abortion to be safe, legal and rare.”

But to be fair here, abortions (unwanted pregnancies in general) are becoming rarer as time goes on.

#35 Comment By JonF On June 13, 2019 @ 7:11 pm

Re: Don’t let famed Walker Percy Weekend speaker, Jessica Hooten, hear you say that!!

Why not? It happens to be true. Look, somewhere else I very recently posted a comment xomewhere in these parts pointing out that the misbehavior often ascribed to the South and only to the South has had bounteous examples up in the North too; and in general I disapprove of “black legends”, including about the South. But that doesn’t mean problematic behavior and attitudes ought not be called such. We don’t have to pretend it doesn’t exist, or it isn’t problematic.
In a similar manner one ought not charge all gay people with crazy promiscuous sexual behavior– but that does not mean crazy promiscuous sex can’t be called out when it does happen (and in anyone).

#36 Comment By Lee On June 13, 2019 @ 9:52 pm

@ Ted
“Safe, legal, and rare.” Admittedly, NOBODY fell for that horsesh-t.”

What policies or actions were taken or attempted to make abortion unsafe, or illegal, or more common by Democrats?

#37 Comment By John10 On June 13, 2019 @ 11:19 pm

Are those people NYT editors walking over to a coffee break?

#38 Comment By Rob G On June 14, 2019 @ 8:03 am

“Safe, legal, and rare.” Admittedly, NOBODY fell for that horsesh-t.”

Tru dat. “Safe, legal, and rare” always had the unspoken addendum “universally available,” which kind of nixes the “rare” part.

What gets me about these pro-abort mofo’s is not their advocacy for their cause, which is to be expected, but their glee over the whole thing, which flies in the face of their ersatz moral seriousness regarding “safe, legal, and rare.”

“Are those people NYT editors walking over to a coffee break?”

Just the last pair. Since 1968 or so the NYT has denied the existence of the other two.

#39 Comment By Ted On June 14, 2019 @ 8:49 am

JonF: do you honestly think either one of the Clintons would give a rat’s arse were the abortion rate actually to rise?

#40 Comment By Ted On June 14, 2019 @ 10:39 am

Lee: who said a word about Democrats. It was that preposterous fellow, admittedly, Clinton, who said it.

#41 Comment By JonF On June 14, 2019 @ 1:31 pm

Ted, Shpuld I care what either of the Clintons thinks in 2019? I can’t see any reason to.

#42 Comment By Sykes Five On June 14, 2019 @ 2:55 pm

My mom was a very serious antiwar activist around 1970. By serious I mean sober, well-organized, well-dressed, well-behaved. She took classes on protest organization. Living in DC, she had an active protest career.

She said her absolute worst experience was taking part in a march that was adjacent to a gay rights demonstration. The gay rights people started taking their clothes off and hopping in the Reflecting Pool. This invited a volley of tear gas and an attack by the police into which her orderly protest was swept.

I don’t think she’s ever forgiven the gay rights crowd.

So I agree with the commenter above that you are really seeing a sort of appropriation of the left by other forces within society. Take a look at the Pride events in your town: aren’t they sponsored by big businesses and the existing power structure?

#43 Comment By Ted On June 14, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

This is funny. Not quite Titania, but he’s getting there. Jarvis Dupont, indeed.

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#44 Comment By Houstonian On June 16, 2019 @ 10:24 pm

@ JonF

I was making an inside joke, but maybe you weren’t there when Jessica exhorted a conferee that – obviously true statements don’t need stating because everyone knows “obviously true” things. If you have to point out the truth of something, then, obviously, it is not “obvious”!