Ted Rall for March 06, 2023

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    Erse IS better  12 months ago

    Censorship is removing things that are regarded as bad or dangerous. Being an editor is removing things that aren’t up to quality standards, or simply don’t fit the publication’s style… or size. If you cannot distinguish these two concepts, you’re either abysmally ignorant (and I know Rall’s not) or you’re flogging an agenda.

    Similarly for cancel culture. Holding people accountable for their behavior at work SHOULD (in the best of all worlds) be the job of their supervisors and the system at work. And in fact, when I was still in the workforce, that’s exactly what happened. But if the company’s focused on the bottom line to the exclusion of all else, then it’s actually perfectly okay for people to vote with their spending money… as I’m sure we’d all agree. And it’s ALSO perfectly okay to make your opinion known to the bosses. Because if it might impact the bottom line, then it matters to them. And if it matters to you, you SHOULD help them understand that it matters to them. So, even though the right wingers are all angsty about “cancel culture”, I think it’s perfectly okay. (well, as long as they aren’t trying to force a business to do something wrong-headed… by my lights… <grins>)

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    knutdl  12 months ago

    That’s what orwellian is. DON’T SHOOT.

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    knutdl  12 months ago

    Orwellian is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. (Wikipedia so it must be the truth).

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    GOGOPOWERANGERS  12 months ago

    Woke mob honestly dont really exsist like there arent that many people who are that extreme left that want complete anarachy

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    TCA1799 Premium Member 12 months ago

    To avoid the point of this cartoon would require us not be human, thus is meaningless; unless the point is to show that everyone brings “bias” to the table. This “bias” is called values and attitudes. Until we decide to truly talk to one another and listen, the argument will remain a shouting match as the right will cancel out the views of the left and the left will cancel out the view of the right.

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    Zebrastripes  12 months ago

    Just because one disagrees, doesn’t mean they have to ruin it for people of the opposite opinions!

    The problem is “caving” to the whines and groans of a few is what’s happening….

    Everything is to the “enth” degree…grow a spine and get a life!

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    A# 466  12 months ago

    This ’toon smacks of the Socratic Problem of Knowledge: the inability to identify a particular instance of a certain kind of thing.

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    pixiekitten Premium Member 12 months ago

    Jesus Christ Ted Rall gets more right wing every day.

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    superposition  12 months ago

    Non-collaborative intolerant partisanship must never exceed the bounds of reality/logic and lead to creating rather than solving problems as this will make governing dysfunctional and make the nation vulnerable to attack by its enemies.

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    Rick Parkhurst Premium Member 12 months ago

    Spot on Mr. Rall.

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    Motivemagus  12 months ago

    Seriously, you’re using the term “woke mob?” You’re going after the left on this? Can I gently remind you of the Dixie Chicks, of DeSantis wanting any blogger who criticizes him to register, of #45 blocking scientists from speaking accurate information, the book-burnings, the removal of books from libraries by Republicans…?

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    steveconkey2003  12 months ago

    Perfect description of the left. Like redefining what a recession is when the classic definition doesn’t fit your agenda.

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    grange  12 months ago

    Those are conservative terms for people who are acting on their values. So yeah, Orwellian.

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    rossevrymn  12 months ago

    There aren’t cartoonists out here, who lack discernment skills; there’s just people who post drawings and something funny, or not or somehow, maybe pertinent, who can’t discern.

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    Radish the wordsmith  12 months ago

    Its not lying traitor gay hating anti vote racists, its the Republican Party.

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    ChristopherBurns  12 months ago

    The second panel is also what the First Amendment means, you don’t have to report everything. You may not be forced to say something.

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    shannon1352  12 months ago

    I think he is saying that both sides are equally guilty of those things. Both sides only want their view to be heard. The other side is either Commie or Nazi and must be silenced & destroyed.

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    ShadowMaster  12 months ago

    I have a problem with “Woke.” It seems to mean whatever the person using it at the time wants it to mean, as Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice that when HE uses a word, it meant what HE wanted it to. “Woke” seems to be an excuse to not face the fact that certain problems actually exist.

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    PatrickC.Mackin  12 months ago

    Censorship only is forbidden when the government does it. That violates the constitutional right of freedom of speech. Otherwise, editorial decisions not to publish some things are decisions made every day by everyone who controls a printing press or a laserprinter.

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    ncorgbl  12 months ago

    “woke”, much like ‘politically correct’, is simply showing consideration for your fellow American. conservatives try to demonize those terms. Do you oppose showing consideration, or just oppose Americans?

    History should be accurate. Words have meaning. Correcting history and bringing words back to their true meaning is honesty. It is honesty that corrects the ‘cancel culture’ written years ago.

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    Uncle Joe Premium Member 12 months ago

    Needing to come up with new terms seems to be a trait among Millennial/Gen Z writers, who are rewarded for “engagement”, as opposed to thought provoking analysis. Same mindset that’s churning out endless pieces about “quiet quitting”, as if just doing your job well enough to keep it is a new idea.

    Woke mob vs grass roots movement depends a lot on which side of the political aisle you sit in.

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    Gnork  12 months ago

    The irony is amusing—the comatose minority complaining about feeling oppressed.

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    Not the Smartest Man On the Planet -- Maybe Close Premium Member 12 months ago

    So if a magazine editor rejects my stories, it’s not because my work doesn’t meet their standards, it’s because the magazine is censoring me! And if I get fired from my job for poor performance, it’s not because I’m incompetent, it’s because my employer is cancelling me!

    Wow, this Rall-speak makes life so much easier!

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    Free Radical  12 months ago

    Sort of like “freedom caucus” or “election integrity”?

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    billscat  12 months ago

    Ted needs to moves away from the LEFT page on GoComics.

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    Robert Ingersoll Premium Member 12 months ago

    No that is NOT what censorship is.

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    John Keith Premium Member 12 months ago

    Fact, Fact, Fact, and Fact. Really good one today, Ted.

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    s49nav  12 months ago

    Democrats can’t stop disguising their meaning because they know that it can’t stand the light of day.

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    Ammo is Part of the 86%, are you. Premium Member 12 months ago

    The WOKE far left has overplayed their hand, true liberals like Ted sees that and he knows the repercussions are coming. That just might be Trump coming back with a vengeance.

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    braindead Premium Member 12 months ago

    Ted, now do one on Republican Family Values.

    And maybe one on the 1/6 demonstration of Law and Order.

    And maybe one on the the attitude toward Ukraine on the part of the Party of Trump and Putin.

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    GreggW Premium Member 12 months ago

    Is it just a coincidence that the guy in the last panel could be Orwell? Moustache shouldn’t be so thick though. ;-)

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    ROSTERM3  12 months ago

    DeSantis isn’t banning books, he’s just removing them from libraries and classrooms.

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    momochan  12 months ago

    “They’re not bullets, they’re pellets!”

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    kathy shellorne  12 months ago

    Yes, continue producing and using fossil fuels, continue poisoning clean water as if there is an unlimited supply for limitless population growth, continue fantasizing about how we will all ride space ships to some as yet just hypothetical planet which awaits human exploitation. I’m grateful I will not be around when the planet dies. Sure a handful might survive, but a limited genome and toxic wasteland environment might not survive the challenges. Time for everyone to make their peace with a loving god and hope for the best.

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    dakota_linda  12 months ago

    So glad Ted called attention to this. And glad he didn’t name names, since he’d probably get cancelled. We’re approaching the stage where it’s “agreed” that there is “wrong” censorship and “right” censorship, and to call it out is impolite.

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