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Mr. Fish Goes ‘Against the Grain’

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Posted on Mar 2, 2012
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In this segment from the Feb. 28 edition of KPFA’s “Against the Grain,” aptly titled “Pictures Against Power,” the inimitable Mr. Fish tells co-hosts C.S. Soong and Sasha Lilley about his provocative cartoons, his book “Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People,” and what artists can do far better than politicians. Have a listen by following this link.



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By blogdog, March 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

so Fish tumbles weekly to easy shots at despot Assad - where’s the piece on
NATO/Qatar/Saudi-backed, al qaeda operatives provoking violence daily by
sniping at civilians from rooftops?

seems Fish is duped out drunk on foundation-funded, Democracy Now Koolaid -
typical shallow left/lib/prog analyses blind to NATO’s al qaeda proxy brigades
rampaging across the arab world

try on this one:

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By EmileZ, March 4, 2012 at 12:16 am Link to this comment

I enjoy Mr. Fish’s cartoons, and I thought this was a great interview, though unfortunately it is no longer fresh in my mind.

I would like to comment on some of the ideas he spoke of relating to Occupy, and the overthrow or replacement of the capitalist system (which I am all for) without putting words in his mouth.

While creating alternative communities is a wonderful thing, I think Occupy may be in danger of becoming a sort of arty counterculture movement, an organization of politically enlightened beatniks if you will.

The cool kids who know the score, but grow increasingly irrelevant to the 99% and their very real, very pressing day-to-day struggles.

This is a gross oversimplification and in fact totally unfair, but bear with me.

There is an article on Truthout that articulates this point of view much better than I ever could.

“Was Occupy’s “Shut Down the Corporations” Action a Success?” by Shamus Cooke

This is why I think it is a good idea to seriously consider Ralph Nader’s suggestion for Occupy as outlined in Chris Hedges most recent article.


As I have said elsewhere (and I am saying it again here), the simplest, sanest, most humane and yes, moderate solution to the long-term debt problem, is Medicare for all, or Single-Payer as it is more commonly called, coupled with the ability to negotiate with big pharma to lower the cost of prescription meds.

It would also help enormously to facilitate job creation, start a small business, and empower workers to negotiate more effectively with management.

The most rational solutions never seem to be “on the table”. You know, that special table that Obama puts “all options” on to show what a serious guy he is. Why do all “serious” options have to involve pain???

The concept of an industry with powerful political ties to BOTH parties that does nothing but skim profits off of working people is a good one for helping to spread the core message of OWS, and also provide a sort of counter arguement to all the debt/austerity talk, and the idea of privatization as the solution to all our problems.

It also would educate people to overcome their knee-jerk reaction against words like “socialist”, and provide a concrete example of the corrupting influence of consolidated wealth in politics, as there is no way in hell it would even get debated by the current crop in D.C.

visit the Physicians for a National Health Program website here…

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By jimmmmmy, March 3, 2012 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

i’m a fan of fish , the link to the interview wouldn’t load. his art, most times ,evokes an emotional reaction in me . thats what art is supposed to do. good job.

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By Carl Muecke, March 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment
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As an artist, designer, photoshop expert, and somewhat of a thinker and writer…

I WORSHIP AT THE FEET OF MR. FISH! Both for his art, and his writing!

Keep up the good work.

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