If our government wasn’t rounding up desperate people and caging them in hellish conditions, if we weren’t wrapped up in this goddamn nightmare of a public debate about what does and does not constitute a concentration camp, the people who we are spending millions of dollars hunting down to punish would be finding jobs and contributing to the economy. That’s if we did nothing. No walls, no raids, no police force of gung-go Nazis tearing around the country without any legal oversight. We’d save a bunch of money and things would be more or less the same as they have been for decades. Migrants could get jobs in slaughterhouses and you could keep watching Netflix or whatever.
But for the disciples of reason and the devout Christians out there who are terrified of America being overrun with smelly people from stupid countries, to you I say: who cares? People will be starving and suffering whether your precious eyes have to be affronted by them or not. Our compassion and solidarity should not end at some border created by tyrants and colonizing murderers centuries ago. We can’t keep the misery that this system creates contained in the shithole countries forever. We need to stop trying to keep capitalism’s victims separated from one another and instead come together to create the world we all deserve, where we all have what we need, we can go where we want, and nobody has to stink in some goddamn cage.
This latest installment of #punxagainstpunx is the first #comic that I’ve done entirely in the digital medium. Which is why it looks a little wonky. I still have a way to go before I get used to #drawing on the tablet instead of on paper. Freshcut Herb’s reaction in the second panel is paraphrased from a Ben Shapiro quote after the #christchurch shooting. Ben’s pearl-clutching take that we shouldn’t say the shooter’s name, watch the disgusting video that he took of the killings or read his manifesto was a particularly bogus and cowardly attempt to avoid talking about the wretched fascist politics that motivate murders like these. The OK flashing alt-right shitstain who committed this attack uses the same rhetoric of invasion from foreigners and defense of western civilization that is completely mainstream in the #rightwing. And that smirking dipshit Ben Shapiro knows it.
The complete absurdity of #globalwarming and #climatechange denialism is an astonishing feat of ruling class propaganda. The vapid corporate mouthpieces and bile spewing reactionary chuds out there expect us to believe that every serious scientist and ecologist who looks at the physical, imperial evidence of what is happening to our planet falsifies their findings to create this phony narrative of climate change, just to be buttheads. There’s no profit in telling everyone that fossil fuel consumption is wrecking the environment. We’re supposed to believe that the scientific community is just saying this stuff to ruin everybody’s good time. Like scientists don’t like driving cars and racing jet skis and eating Baconators like the rest of us. The fact that so many people can be convinced of this nonsense conspiracy is a breathtaking masterpiece of bullshit. The tiny, circle-jerking gang capitalists who are truly profiting from all of this are playing us all, leaving us to choke on their poison while they play Ferrari polo or whatever the hell rich people do with all the money we make for them. You bein to grasp the naked, evil perversity of all of this when you realize that the corporations that are pushing the world to apocalypse don’t even believe the story that climate change isn’t happening. They’ve known it was real since the seventies, and they’ve been fighting each other accelerating the process ever since. They don’t think the planet isn’t doomed. They just think they’ll be able to turn a profit off of whatever disaster engulfs us. Their actual plan is to drown us in floods, burn us in wildfires and cook us alive in shanty towns so that they can make money. That’s the system we live in. #capitalism creates this problem. We won’t solve it until we do away with this system.