Opinions on new banner

If anybody has any feedback be it positive or negative on my new banner, I’d like to hear what you think.  Please feel free to comment here.

7 Responses to “Opinions on new banner”


  1. 2 Kim 16 January, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I already said it’s nice, but I’ll say it again. Although the limo doesn’t look all that blue… there is a little bit of blue there, but not much. Maybe it’s just my monitor.

  2. 3 paulitics 16 January, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I put the same number of blue filters on the image of the limo as I put red filters on the image of the African children (3 each). I think if you saw the original one, you’d see how much blue-er it is (the original was stark white).

    It could also be a product of the fact that adding blue to a white image generally makes it appear “white-er” than just regular white.

  3. 4 Big Guy in TB 17 January, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Frankly, I find your banner offensive.

    Capitalism can’t and doesn’t work for everybody, just as whatever system those children depicted in your banner are living under is not working for them either. There is no perfect system or society that will take care of everyone equally and in the same manner. It is impossible (except perhaps in your dreams) to have a country or society where everyone is equal.

    Surely you wouldn’t want to place all your faith and confidence in having your government take care of everyone equally, given all the selfishness and greed in the world today. You can be sure the politicians and all those that cling on to them will go “to the trough” first, and us mere mortals can jockey for position for whatever crumbs are remaining. This is a “me first” world today. If you want to spread the wealth evenly where is the wealth to spread going to come from? What incentive is there for anyone to create wealth if they cannot be rewarded for their work. And remember, where wealth is created, there is also the risk for failure, and who ponies up for that? Surely not the government!!!

    The real solution for children anywhere in the world is education, but getting these children educated will happen only if governments have the vision and are committed to the process. Where is the money for education going to come from? Capitalists thats where? Or Oprah, I suppose. And how many Oprah’s are their in the world today – not many, thats for sure.

    Go figure – ask yourself how much your education has cost, and then multiply this by hundreds of millions of dollars, and then multiply this by say at least 12 to give a child at least a basic education by our standards . Countries cannot educate their people if they don’t have the money to do so, and the will to do so. Throwing money at them will not get them out of their current situation.

    Using an image of children living in apparent impoverished and unfortunate situations where they are lined up for whatever bits of food someone or some organization is handing out is a real cheap shot to dramatize the difference between capitalism and their conditions.

  4. 5 paulitics 18 January, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Big Guy in TB,

    When you write, “Capitalism can’t and doesn’t work for everybody” I think you’re entirely right. That was the whole purpose I was driving at with this new banner. I wasn’t suggesting that individual capitalists are just evil people who are causing poverty, but rather that the system doesn’t work for everybody.

    However, one thing I would like to point out is that my use of the word “work” is supposed to have a double meaning. The word “work” is supposed to mean that it does not function for all (such as the African children pictured in the banner) but it is also intended to mean that it isn’t acceptable to all (such as me and the purpose why I’m writing this blog: ie. capitalism doesn’t work – it’s not palatable – for me).

    The fact that I find capitalism and extreme wealth where the top 10 richest people in the world control more wealth and income than nearly all of the governments of Sub-Saharan Africa unpalatable is a driving force behind my academic research and is a driving force behind this blog. If you are offended by that then you are welcome to start your own blog to discuss why this shouldn’t be unpalatable.

    Secondly, while I don’t want to get into the substance of your proscriptive solution as this thread is merely intended for me to glean opinions on the new banner (on which, I believe your position is clear) I do want to discuss something important that you mentioned. When you wrote “whatever system those children depicted in your banner are living under,” I think you’re missing the reality that virtually everybody on Earth is living under capitalism, including the vast majority of Africans (and including the children in this picture). Even people in nominally “communist” countries are living under capitalism because every “communist” country on Earth is actually a state-capitalist country. What is more, even if we were to take the loosest possible definition of “communism” and say that, for instance, the people living in Cuba were living in a communist society (which they aren’t), even they would STILL be considered to be living under the boot of capitalism due to the US-sponsored capitalistic economic sanctions which have existed against their island since Kennedy.

  5. 6 293w 19 January, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Secondly, while I don’t want to get into the substance of your proscriptive solution as this thread is merely intended for me to glean opinions on the new banner (on which, I believe your position is clear) I do want to discuss something important that you mentioned. When you wrote “whatever system those children depicted in your banner are living under,” I think you’re missing the reality that virtually everybody on Earth is living under capitalism, including the vast majority of Africans (and including the children in this picture). Even people in nominally “communist” countries are living under capitalism because every “communist” country on Earth is actually a state-capitalist country. What is more, even if we were to take the loosest possible definition of “communism” and say that, for instance, the people living in Cuba were living in a communist society (which they aren’t), even they would STILL be considered to be living under the boot of capitalism due to the US-sponsored capitalistic economic sanctions which have existed against their island since Kennedy.

    Well said!

    I like the banner.

  6. 7 RPJ 19 January, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I liked the banner. I think it makes you stop and think about the ugly side of capitalism. Whether I endorse capitalism or socialism or anything else for that matter, does not mean I cannot see the warts that each system we have invented so far has. This disparity is clearly one of capitalisms darker aspects.


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