How I Learned to Start Worrying and Detest the Status Quo

A story about the detriments of American capitalism

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a black comedy about impending doom, how entire systems could crumble down with the slightest defects, and the absurdities of leaders who upkeep those systems — eerily relevant themes for 2020.

“Wow, it must be the same guy.” I said to my friend.

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The startup in 2014
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Dave Chapelle’s surprise special regarding George Floyd

The interconnected web

An indictment of our times

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Essential Workers / original illustration

A tale of two cities

YouTuber KRAZAM captured that escapism in a short film titled “the Hustle”.
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Happy Hour in San Francisco / original illustration

The emperor has no clothes

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Mark Zuckerberg onstage at the F8 conference 2014 (Wiki Commons)

Follow the money

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Assume America is a country of 100 people (grey dots) , and all of the wealth — the homes and land and financial assets — is represented by 100 slices of pie. This chart shows the actual distribution.
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Corporate profits eating the economy
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There’s rich, then there’s the 0.01%
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Jamal Khashoggi walked into the consulate on October 2, 2018. He would never walk out.

Wrong priorities and distorted choices

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Go Fund Yourself / illustration by Brian Stauffer
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Fire department (Wiki Commons)

Patent the sunlight

U.S. President Eisenhower honors Dr. Jonas Salk for his work on the polio vaccine

“Could you patent the sun?”

Perverse incentives

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“The protectors of our industries” / 1883 / Cartoon showing Cyrus Field, Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Russell Sage, seated on bags of “millions”, on a large heavy raft being carried by workers. (Wiki Commons)

What is freedom?

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OECD Study Confirms That U.S. Workers Are Getting Ripped Off

After this, it’s just “rat-a-tat-tat-tat-TAAAAT.”

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A slave labor commemorative marker for the capitol build was unveiled in 2012

New heroes

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