Everything that's wrong with democracy

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I saw this poster in the window of a fashionably rebellious store recently. I don't know if its implications occur to other people who see it, but the message is so flagrantly totalitarian that my trained libertarian eye couldn't miss it.

Here at Catallarchy we try to point out alternatives to government action when they exist. With the combined spirits of JiffyLux and Catallarchy, I present:

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Cut out the middleman, and treat yourself to the savings.


Clicking on each takes you to a larger version for printing and posting.

Also, please note that on the advice of my betters in the blog arena I have modified the parody poster again...see comments for details.

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That's priceless.....

That's priceless.....

Excellent!

Excellent!

awsome. If you ever sell

awsome. If you ever sell these let us know.

I appreciate your comments,

I appreciate your comments, but please take my copyrighted name, JiffyLux.com, off the "try robbery" poster - this is not a position I wish to advocate.
Also, please remove the hotlink to my original artwork, you are stealing my bandwidth.

I'm curious, where did you see my poster hung up?

Laura Floyd
owner and creator of JiffyLux.com, an entirely non-profit, self-funded, all volunteer organization

I don't see the hotlink to

I don't see the hotlink to your .jpg, only the link to the original art that people can follow. When bringing up our site, viewers see a version of the .jpg hosted on Catallarchy.net, which means unless we're sending traffic to your site (via normal links), we're only using our own bandwidth.

Would you prefer the link go to the menu page for your pin-up girl posters instead of directly going to the original?

Totalitarian? Not sure, but

Totalitarian? Not sure, but what I see is: if you're not happy about how things are then stop whining, get off your ass, and do something about it.

No, the implication of the

No, the implication of the "Lost your Job, need health insurance, child care?" is that if you VOTE, you can compel other people to give you those things.

That is very much in keeping with the totalitarian strain, and at the very least of the same category as Randall's remix of the poster. The message says "if you dont have what you want, vote to have the government give it to you." That's obscene.

Ok, I see - you did make

Ok, I see - you did make another copy.

Still, I want "JiffyLux.com with Catallarchy.net" removed, if you can see my point.
laura

Pending review, I believe

Pending review, I believe the current version to be legally permissible. If I find otherwise, I will remove the name from the parody version.

"Also, please remove the

"Also, please remove the hotlink to my original artwork, you are stealing my bandwidth."

Did anyone else fall out of the chair LAUGHING at that?

Jeez, Randall, how hard

Jeez, Randall, how hard could it be to just remove what the woman wants removed from her work? It certainly wouldn't take any more work than it took to put Catallarchy's name on it.

The lawyers might come down on your side, but what the hell are they worth, anyway? It would only be the courteous thing to do. How expensive is that in a case like this?

Why should he be more

Why should he be more courteous than the opponents? I don't see Michael Moore or his ilk voluntarily removing things from their work. Fair use applies to both sides of politics...

After discussing it with my

After discussing it with my Catallarchy superiors, I modified it.

Aye, Randall! - vote,

Aye, Randall!

- vote, noun.
The instrument of a free man's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Did anyone else fall out of

Did anyone else fall out of the chair LAUGHING at that?

Ha! I was standing when I read that.

That is very much in keeping

That is very much in keeping with the totalitarian strain, and at the very least of the same category as Randall?s remix of the poster. The message says ?if you dont have what you want, vote to have the government give it to you.? That?s obscene.

Well, that's a different point of view, but maybe it's just my way of looking at the world, but I don't read the poster that way.

I'm constantly telling people that if they're not satisfied with the way things are, they have to get out and vote. People worry about day-to-day things like having a job, what happens when you get sick, having somewhere to take care of your toddler while your trying to earn your not-very-large wage.

In my mind, it's just hitting people with the need to do a bit of basic activism like voting. Politicians don't use these issues when campaigning for nothing, you know.

Keith, I don't have a

Keith,

I don't have a problem with voting per se. I advocate voting for candidates who want to reduce the size/scope of government. What I have a problem with is the attitude implicit in the poster, that you have a right to other peoples' wealth via the voting process. Vote, sure, but vote to reduce theft, not to increase it.

Your last comment should be

Your last comment should be on the poster with "Vote." crossed out: "Cut out the middle man, and treat your self to the savings."

Also, I think the thief should be pushing a politician out of the way.

That 'try voting' poster is

That 'try voting' poster is the cover art for the local alt-weekly here in Athens GA. www.flagpole.com. It's to be expected here.

I don't have a problem with

I don't have a problem with voting per se. I advocate voting for candidates who want to reduce the size/scope of government.

As do I.

What I have a problem with is the attitude implicit in the poster, that you have a right to other peoples' wealth via the voting process. Vote, sure, but vote to reduce theft, not to increase it.

I simply don't see that in the poster. All I see is that it's saying that if you're not happy with how things are (and putting it in terms most people can associate with), you need to do something about it and voting is one.

I think our disagreement is just on a matter of perspective: we're looking at the same thing, but reading different things into it.