Thursday, December 03, 2009

Make Mine Freedom (1948)

This cartoon was made in 1948--the year I was born. I find it amazing that the general populace was being warned even then about the demise of our country that is going on now, but they did nothing to stop it. A few people over the generations have had enough vision to see what is and has been going on, but they are in the minority, or they don't have enough $$ to fight back effectively. Never the less, I'm sending this out anyway as a "history lesson" to the younger generations of today. When they get to retirement age, I wonder what they will be seeing, what kind of country will they be living in, and what warnings will they be giving their children and grandchildren that will be pooh-poohed and ridiculed? The past several generations in this country have been and are suffering from the "boiled frog" effect.


  1. Isn't Capitalism an -ISM?

  2. I think you're being picky, "nothinghypothetical." All analogies and parables fall apart if you try to make every tiny detail "mean" something.

  3. I'm simply contemplating (for the first time in my life) what utopia the capitalists might be selling.

    It's not that I don't continue to see the value in capitalism, it is just that I see it in a different frame of reference outside the ideological one of my youth.

  4. There are always several ways to view a thing, I suppose. What caught my attention in this cartoon was that it was warning against the loss of freedoms that we have become accustomed to. Perhaps the gradual erosion of these freedoms has already reached the point where young people, i.e. those under 40 years of age, don't even know what's been lost.

  5. Don't misunderstand. I very much appreciate the cartoon and your posting.

    I'm just letting it roll around in my head and seeing what it knocks over. :)

    I have been more concerned lately with my freedoms-from rather than freedoms-to.

  6. Perhaps you missed the mention of several "freedoms-from" in the cartoon that we currently no longer enjoy?

  7. No, I did. I know I started commenting in an overly critical tone, but that wasn't my intent.

    There are plenty of other people who are concerned that libertarian anthropology is deficient for good living.

    That concern gives me pause (not opposition) to this cartoon. As it were, it makes me think about it more deeply.

    It is a great blessing to know that all the most important "freedoms" are secured in Christ and no earthly ruler can prevent their enjoyment... even if they throw us in prison or take our very lives.

    The "good life" might very well be punctuated with a "good sacrifice" even unto death. Though I continue to pray every day that we might live a calm and peaceful life in piety and sobriety. Whether or not we do is God's will, not any king who is himself subject to God.