As i’ve been saying to my Italian comrade Davide Calzetti recently, the focus on generations is overdone. Clearly different generations have different experiences, but nowadays its given way too much focus, at the expense of what the actual cause of the trouble is.
1. An over focus on generations tends to over emphasize how good things were in the past in a silly way that causes misunderstanding. Some so called millennial, born between 1981 and 2000, and therefore teenagers now or in their 20s, seem to think that the 1950s to 90s was a golden age of great living. But, actually, there were very serious economic and social problems in much of that time.
2. It glosses over the fact that a large percentage of the previous generation are also facing economic and social problems NOW. Quite a lot of folk in their 40s and 50s have serious troubles too.
3. It sets generation against generation in a way that is a total waste of time (as it setting ethnic groups or genders against each other), because that is not the cause of the tropuble or where the solution can be made.
4. It takes us away from the most important thing - which is that basic problem is capitalism itself, which causes trouble for 99% of us, of all ages, ethnic groups and genders. Those problems of capitalism are always there but just come out more at certain generations. We need to focus on that and deal with that, across all groups.
The first of two articles I've written recently on how the main thing that is holding back comic books is... you guessed it, capitalism!
Partly inspired by Hanna Berry's recent article on a similar theme.
The 2nd article will go into the issue of how grants and unions could benefit us comic book folk.
My first time to write an article for New Internationalist. Which is nice.
Did the Nazi's only intend to invade 'England’…not the UK in general? Oh, i wish my Scottish grandfather in Edinburgh had known that before he joined up to fight! Could have saved himself all the bother...
This is from the otherwise excellent ITV drama 'Foyle's War' which i watched today. As is common with these historical drama and documentary programs they often call the UK just ‘England’ and the British troops just ‘English’. Sometimes even switching from British to English within the same sentence, as if they were exactly the same. I see this kind of thing on a weekly basis, and only post here about a small fraction of it.
This is both inaccurate and insulting to all the people in the armed forces from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, many battalions from these places fought bravely and with great loss of life in key battles in WW1 and WW11. So, out of both accuracy and respect, say ‘the UK’ program makers!
Actually, it would have been a good plan on Hitlers part to broadcast a message in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, like "Guten morgan Celtic folk...I promise that I will only invade ENGLAND... So there is no need for all your whisky drinking, valley singing, guinness brewing people to fight against us. No honest, really. Would i lie to you? I'm a man of my word ... ask the Czechs! ...Anyway the history programs in the future will not even bother to mention you, like you dont even exist - so why fight?"
I decided to make 4 short videos in a series, of me giving a brief account of all my books so far, from 2003 to now. Nice!
A page from our Goodbye God book. With lovely art work by Hunt Emerson. The faulty way of thinking of religion and pseudoscience.
Check it very much out, my fellow humans:
NBM tells me the limited edition has sold well, and there are not many left. So, get it soon if you want it!
Published in July 2017 - THE STORY OF LEE banded set. Special edition of only 200.
"Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee's dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee's heart, a young Chinese man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt's relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds?"
This is a good deal, with volume 1 and volume 2 of the book packaged together with a specially printed band (or ‘obi’ as they called in Japan). And its $4 cheaper to buy this banded set of the two volumes.
Get it here:
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