Le Mangue

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This is my homage to one of the best caricaturists and cartoonists ever, Honoré Daumier. This is both a visual allusion to his famous cartoon, “Les Poires”(The Pears), depicting the then King Louie Philippe of France in 1831.

This caricature is a depicting of current Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. Mauro is the successor of power following the death of previous “president” Hugo Chavez. Although Chavez had his own horrible track record on human rights and clamping down on the press when they challenged his vision of an authoritarian socialist Venezuela, Maduro has gone after the opposition almost more violently, using a private militia called the Colectivos to threaten or even kill members of the opposition (VICE).

Recently there have been a string of strange occurrences of Venezuelans throwing yellow mangos at Maduro, often with written demands of new apartments(http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/world/venezuela-maduro-mango-to-the-head/). This seemed a fitting story to center this cartoon on, by drawing Maduro as the embodiment of giving favors to his Chavista supporters among the population. He is saying, “Soy Maduro, pero no estoy maduro”, a play on the double use of “maduro”, meaning, “ripe”, or the president’s name. He is Maduro, but not a ripe or mature one.

Vive Daumier.

 

El Sueño y los Regresivos

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The Left used to champion reason, science, and liberal principles, and for the large part still does. This faction of knee jerk, reactionary, and slanderous individuals has always seemed to exist, but now have multiplied. Many call them the “Regressive” Left, those who do not care about truth, only about social narrative. They constantly misrepresent, slander, defend irrationality and authoritarian ideas, demean individuality, wish to police thought and stifle conversation. They are also notable for upholding a cult of non-offense, and the need to not allow certain ideas to be challenged. The result is an echo chamber effect wherein everybody says the same thing. The Left needs to wake up from it’s slumber, which it is in the beginnings of. Above all else here, we need to defend liberal principles and reason. This cartoon is based on the famous, “El Sueño de la Razón” cartoon by one of my artistic heroes, Francisco de Goya.