Now you see the violence inherent in the system!

The first panel of this week’s comic was copied from a screenshot of the opening sequence from the old GI Joe cartoon from the 80s. When I was a kid I thought the COBRAs were cooler looking than the GI Joes, so I would always make the COBRAs win when I played with my extensive collection of GI Joe toys. I don’t think that preference played any part in the formation of my current anti-imperialist politics, but my cousins were COBRA fans too, and none of them grew up to be great patriots either. So who knows. Maybe it’s all Hasbro’s fault.

80s nostalgia aside, I wanted to share a few thoughts regarding Red Chuckie’s question in the fourth panel: how do we organize to fight a system with such overwhelming power? If we honestly want to leave the exploitive, omnicidal social relations of capitalism behind and replace them with something better, then we have to confront this question.

The answer won’t be found through mixing Molotovs, throwing bricks through retail store windows, or even dressing up like Beach Head and Snake Eyes and heading out to the woods to shoot Kalashnikovs with your buddies. All of that stuff sounds like a righteous time to me, but it isn’t how we can create revolution. In the first place, the armed bodies of the US state will always cream us when it comes to shooting and blowing shit up. They have more guns, more bombs, all the helicopter gunships and Predator drones, and they’re flat out better at it. But even if we could be Che Guevaras and take down the government in our camo pants and make it look sexy, we won’t build the broad worker’s democracy that we need by charging in and taking power at gunpoint. That route leads to a gang of revolutionaries ruling by force in the name of the people, not to genuine worker’s control.

So, if the ruling class has us hopelessly outgunned, how can we workers organize to fight them? The working class has two advantages that we can exploit to overthrow the bosses. First, we have the numbers. Those of us who sell our labor to get by make up the vast majority of the world’s population. Second, our collective labor, aside from being the source of the boss’s wealth, is what makes all of society function. Without our work, nothing happens. As labor leader Bill Haywood once said, “If the workers are organized, all they have to do is to put their hands in their pockets and they have got the capitalist class whipped.” We build that power through solidarity, by standing together and fighting for our rights, everywhere and every time the pigs are beating us down or the bosses are ripping us off.

Expecting that struggle to always be nonviolent is ridiculous. It’s as foolish as thinking that we can overthrow the system by being prayer warriors or voting Democrat. In the violence unleashed against Black Lives Matter protests and Occupy camps, we can get a glimpse of what the ruling class is willing to do to protect their property and their power. In the sixties, they used hoses and dogs and even bullets to keep the people’s movement at bay. While I was watching GI Joe cartoons in the eighties, the Philadelphia cops were bombing the MOVE compound. And none of those movements came anywhere close to overthrowing capitalism. We can only imagine the kind of biblical violence that the capitalists would unload on us if they thought we posed an actual threat to their property. They built their wealth by enslaving an entire race and committing genocide all over the globe. What nightmare wouldn’t they stoop to if that wealth were threatened? So we need to be prepared to defend ourselves and our communities. We may need Molotov cocktails, we may need barricades, or we may need to take the guns that they give us to fight their wars for empire and turn them around on them. But our power doesn’t come from guns and violence; theirs does. Our power comes from our labor, and from our love for one another.

Welcome to Kapitalism!

I miss doing Welcome to Kafco strips. Kafco wasn’t as attention grabby as Punx Against Punx, but it was better in a lot of ways. This week’s comic features a couple of the old Kafco characters, for nostalgia’s sake. The Rochester branch of ISO is doing Ice Cream Socialism tonight to welcome the RIT students back for the new school year. It should be a good time.

Fight the Right!!

“Fight the Right” is the title for this week’s meeting of the International Socialist Organization here in Rochester. I wrote this comic with the upcoming “White Civil Rights” rally in Washington DC in mind. The racist far Right are violently attacking minorities, immigrants, and anyone they don’t like. They have the cops on their side and a spoiled rich idiot in the White House who sympathizes with their cause. Now is the time to take a stand.

Punx Against Punx, Rohingya

I am very excited to announce that I have started a partnership with the Rochester branch of the International Socialist Organization. I will be creating a new comic every week, about whatever topic the ISO branch is discussing in their public meeting. Here is the one I did for last week’s meeting on the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people that is going on in Burma.

Punx Against Punx #50 Bread Riot Time!

I’d like to take a minute to not talk about gun control. I don’t think it’s a good idea to empower the state to disarm the people, but my idea of freedom isn’t living under the constant watch of armed authorities either. Those seem to be the only options on offer from the holier-than-thou, liberal gun grabbers or for proto-fascist, boner stroking gun industry shills, and I can’t take it anymore. So today, I say we set that thorny issue aside and talk about something that we can all agree on: Donald Trump is a disgusting sack of maggot shit.

Of course, this is true for any number of reasons, but I specifically have in mind his demented rich fuckboi plan to send food stamp recipients boxes of crappy food through the mail instead continuing to let us pick out our own damn groceries.

For those of you with your noses buried too deep in the Bosses’ cornholes to understand what a jackassy, dipshit idea this is, let me explain a little bit about how food stamps work. Basically, employers in this country- I’m talking giant, rich corporations like Walmart and Amazon, but also whatever Scrooge McDuck runs whatever business you work for- want to take all the money that their workers make for them, so they try to pay the workers as little as possible. These companies don’t pay their workers enough money to feed their families. So, in order for the workers to keep creating profit for the bosses and not die of malnutrition, the government gives people money to buy food with. This is a handout to greedy executives who don’t want to pay their workers. The government bails them out so that they can spend the extra money flying overseas to purchase sex with children. That isn’t even a joke. There are markets for child prostitution here in the States and around the world because rich capitalists take corporate jets there to bang little kids. When people are able to amass immoral amounts of wealth, they do immoral things with it.

Now, President Fuckboi in Chief, having already given these depraved, baby-humping titans of Wall Street enough money in his tax break scam to keep the sex slave market humming for the next couple decades, decides he needs to insult those of us who actually have to work for a living by mailing us boxes of spaghetti and cream corn. ‘Cause god forbid we buy Cheetos for our kids. They should be in church learning to work customer service.

Can you see the shit slurping grin on that rich fuckboi’s face as he tells us what we should or should not be allowed to eat? This individual is an intellectually disabled brat who got handed a million dollars when he was a kid and thinks he earned it. This is a self-fellating con man who had the money to get out of trouble no matter how many times he fucked up, and never did an honest day’s work in his worthless life. Now this jizz stain gets to sit in the Oval Office on a solid gold dildo and tell those of us who drag ourselves to shitty jobs every day of our lives, “Hey, no more DiGiorno for you sonsofbitches; you need to learn a work ethic!”

He and his cronies get away with it because, to the basic dickhead out there, food stamps are associated with whatever group of people they think are beneath them. The rich simply tell them, “Hey, the colored people and the hillbillies and the meth-head hillbillies of color are using those food stamps on lobster and cheese whiz,” and the basic, racist dickheads all start banging the drum to hand the rich even more money, to keep it away from us hicks and welfare queens. And what do the fatcat bosses do with that extra money? You already know.

So I say it’s time for bread riots, because we have to take the power away from these pedophiles, these fuckbois, these capitalist vultures who steal our lives to pad their bank accounts. Because to take their power we need to take their property and their wealth, bring on the bread riot. Let’s take over the places we work and start giving everything away, so that the pigs who run this sick system never see another dime. Until we have everything and they have nothing left, bread riot everywhere. Donald Trump and his boys don’t work, they exploit racism to make money, and they have sex with kids. We shouldn’t let them be in charge anymore.

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