Apr 3, 2013

Cartoon Explaining The Socio-Economic Structure of A Functioning Democracy

The following cartoon has a great overview of infrastructure, how taxes are involved, how war affects freedom etc. Adopted for the US Air Force in 1954 it has more value today than ever before to provide a much needed overview of how capitalism under a proper Law (or Constitution of Equal Rights for Citizens of any particular country) is supposed to be. What follows after this first cartoon is a step by step cartoon illustration of how war breaks freedoms, develops a single industry and has led to the current state of affairs of "corporate socialism" or 'bailouts for the rich' and 'on the street' for the rest.


The following cartoon has a great overview of infrastructure, how taxes are involved, how war affects freedom of Citizens (civil rights) etc.:

Basic Socio-Economic Structure (1954)...

The above cartoon outlines the basic structure of religious and economic freedom that the United States had in the 1950's. The structure is somewhat different now but in the years after WW2 as the kids were scared under tables to protect themselves from a nuclear strike (shheesh!) and adults in a few areas began a scramble to explain to everyone - in the USA and abroad - what the US's "freedoms" are. Now, with the emergence of a global civilization (for the first time in millinia), I think it is necessary to reassess how we are structuring

Freedom of choice

War cracks freedoms
Freedoms must be replenished
War makes taxes too high for a healthy economy
Important resources get mis-distributed and have to be fixed after the war time is over (if not fixed then you get a war economy such as that the US, a status quo that leads to a World War so is thus un-sustainable... thus the current shift away from that model even in the US.).

Related blog posts:

The Emergence Of The Corporate Oil War Economy In The USA (Proven Mostly In Cartoons!)

NOTE: Notice the kinds of equality of rights that is necessary for a true Democratic society to exist (as opposed to a Tyrannical Despotism)...

Democracy & Despotism: 1940s Encyclopedia Britannica Films


Vintage lessons in civic harmony, or how small-scale common courtesy paves the way for large-scale peace.

In 1945 and 1946, immediately following the end of World War II, Encyclopedia Britannica’s films division produced two educational short films, one on democracy and one on despotism, exploring how societies and nations rank on the spectrum from democracy to despotism by measuring the degree to which power is concentrated and respect for individuals restricted. More than half a century later, these analyses remain a compelling metric of social harmony and discord, in an era when we’re still struggling to understand the psychology of riots in a global political climate where the tension between despotism and democracy is in sharper focus than ever.

A community is low on a respect scale if common courtesy is withheld from large groups of people on account of their political attitudes, if people are rude to others because they think their wealth and position gives them that right, or because they don’t like a man’s race or his religion. Equal opportunity for all citizens to develop equal skills is one basis for rating a community on a respect scale.”

Sharing respect means that each shares the respect of all, not because of his wealth or his religion or his color, but because each is a human being and makes his own contribution to the community — from healing its sick to collecting its garbage, from managing its railroads to running its trains.”
You might recognize footage from the films, which are both in the public domain, from Temujin Doran’s provocative observations on the distortions of democracy in Market Maketh Man, highly recommended if you haven’t already seen it.

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