Record Social Inequality And Its Violent Aftermath, Explained By A Three Minute Cartoon

Tyler Durden's picture

With the new medium of mass communication in all matters financial and economic having been recently discovered to be cartoons (as the penetration of written text discussing such arcane topics as the Fed, debt and addition ends up being trapped within a very narrow echo chamber), we present the latest and greatest 3 minute summary, which even a third grader will understand, of what is gradually becoming accepted as the most troubling social, economic and political development in America - record social, income and wealth inequality... and its very disturbing consequences, which at last check have resulted in some form of social upheaval in almost every situation.

Courtesy of John Lohman

And some demographic commentary from Harry Dent:


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Malcolm Tucker's picture

I Want to know how the pentagon "Cannot track" 2.3 trillion of taxpayer money!!!

delacroix's picture

maybe it has something to do with the accountant

Malcolm Tucker's picture

Ken Lay is green with envy...or maybe that's just natural decay 

CPL's picture

leveraged decay is "totally" natural.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The Department of Defense announced something like $2 TRILLION unaccounted for, on September 10th, 2010.  It was kinda forgotten about the next day.  Fortuitous timing though, thats for sure.

The income inequality video was spot on, while Harry Dent has only got it half right.  Yes, the demographics picture indicates a stagnant economy for a generation, or so.  I agree with that.  But to then say we will have deflation, and cash producing real estate is the best investment besides holding onto cash?  Someone tell Harry that the Bernanke (aka Zimbabwe Ben) is set on debasing the dollar, as the solution to all unfunded liabilities and sovereign debt issues.

There's also a derivatives time bomb, just waiting to be set off by any raise in interest rates, so don't look forward too much to rising interest rates!

PsychoNews: Exposing the Oligarchy, one Psycho at a time.

Clinteastwood's picture

This rotten buncha graphs remind me of Mark Twain:

"There are three kinds of lies.  Lies, damned lies, and statistics."

Biggus Dickus Jr.'s picture

Mark twain admitted the phrase came from Benjamin Disraeli. I want to make sure he gets the credit because he is not that well known here in the usa.

Imminent Crucible's picture

Sure he is.  Cream promoted him with their 1967 album Disraeli Gears.

Bananamerican's picture

Yeah Clint, I don't believe this either...

Why, the Rich pay MORE in taxes every year, not less... their generosity toward their fellow countrymen bounding UPWARD through the decades. These stoic soldiers of Free Market Capitalism™ face their civic burdens with a smile on their corpulent lips and a song in their sclerotic hearts for YOU and ME brother! (many are ex-hippies: fact)

If the Rich seem sunnier in amerika these days it is simply because they are more Christ-like than you and I.

"The fault, dear Clint, is not in our elites,
But in ourselves, that we are their underlings."

btw, i can practically smell the Rightists cries of "REDISTRIBUTION!" in the comments below.....

It aint about "redistribution"'s about putting an end to their embezzlement, graft, fraud, wealthy-fare, bailouts, WARZ™ and crony capitalism.....



Al Gorerhythm's picture

What there needs to be is a reeducation. Starting at the top.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Somehow typed 2010, instead of 2001!

lesterbegood's picture

Perhaps to provide covert funding of massive chemical attacks on the American people (aka chemtrails)?

Smiley's picture

Chemtrails are just a distraction so you don't pay attention to the Reptilians kicking it at Dulce.

Sean7k's picture

LOL. Level seven baby...All aboard the maglev express- next stop white sands.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Next you'll be posting about fluoride in the water.  Geeze you people. Trust and obey your masters.

RaymondKHessel's picture

Video doesn't play on iPad ??? YouTube ??? ITS A CONSPIRACY I TELL YA

Shell Game's picture

Did you lift that from the VXX or SRS prospectus?

DocLogo's picture

Or working on his tan in Argentina ;)

gangland's picture

nahhhh, ya' think...?


dlmaniac's picture

The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.
He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.
He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.
The shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and fed, while others are cold and starving!

CBS, NBC, ABC & CNN show up to provide pictures of shivering grasshoppers, next to a video of an ant
in his comfortable home, with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast! How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor
grasshopper is allowed to suffer this way?

Obama the Pelosi appears on Oprah, with the grasshopper.
Everyone cries when they sing "It's Not Easy Being Green".

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house, where the news stations film the group
singing "We Shall Overcome".
Jesse then has the group pray for the grasshopper's sake, and reminds the group to contribute to his group, so that he can "continue the fight" for grasshoppers, everywhere!

Harry Reid & John Kerry exclaim, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, that the ant has gotten rich, off
the back of the poor grasshopper!
Both call for an immediate tax hike, to make the ant pay "his fair share"!

Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity For Grasshoppers Act", retroactive to the beginning of the

The ant is fined for failing to hire the proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to
pay his retroactive taxes, his house is confiscated by the government.

Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper, in a defamation suit against the ant.
The case is tried in federal court, with a jury comprised of unemployed welfare recipients.

Surprise! The ant loses the case!

The story ends, as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food, while the government house he lives in (which happens to be the ant's old house) crumbles around him,
due to lack of maintenance!

The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found, dead, in a drug-related incident.
The house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders, who terrorize this once-peaceful neighborhood.

The moral of this version? Don't ever get fooled by liberal socialists.

yabyum's picture

My version: I substituted Banker for the grass hopper and working stiff for the ant, allow me to junk your rant, have a great weekend!

dlmaniac's picture

Bankers that don't deserve their bonus, UAW workers on fat pension and losers trapped in overpriced mortgages are all grasshoppers.

Guys that mark my post as junk need to chill a little.

Questionmark's picture

I junked you for being stupid enough to fall for the partisan B.S. that's actually at the root of this country's problems (as opposed to "liberals").

jeff montanye's picture

a union worker on a pension that was specified by contract and a banker protected from the rigors of capitalism by treserve bailouts only marginally approved by congress are not both grasshoppers.  one is a worker and one is an aristocrat (see sarah silverman for more detail).  

p.s. i never worked as a union member and i did retire as a bank vice president/senior investment officer (not much of a distinction in most banks).

p.p.s. i sweep my eyes from one end of the obama administration to the other and the closest to liberal socialists i see are in the department of defense.

Kayman's picture


The new America

#1 Criminal Bankers, untouchable by the law, perhaps by the noose.

#2 Mandarins- Government Employees, with contracts granted by other Government employees, funded by milking the private sector.

#3 The untouchable Dinosaurs- Private Sector Unions with enough political clout to have their outsized wages and pensions protected by the Mandarins.

Otherwise, you are absolutely correct.  The Dems and the Reps play the game to provide cover for Banksters and Mandarins.

We need a third party to bring competitive free market capitalism back and get rid of this Fascist Crony Capitalism we have now.

I know numerous government employees and government employees that collect pensions that are TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS to the depression we are in.

tenaciousj's picture

Three parties wouldn't work.  Neither would four, or five, or six.  At least not in the long run.

In a three party system two of the parties would eventually start working together to make the third irrelevent.  Effectively giving you a two party system, just dressed up as a three party.  Which eventually leads to the pretty much one party system we have today, just dressed up as two parties.

Add as many different parties as you want, they'll all eventually merge into something similar to what we have today.


Al Gorerhythm's picture

p.p.s. i sweep my eyes from one end of the obama administration to the other and the closest to liberal socialists i see are in the department of defense.

Aren't you getting just a little bit overly concerned with who is carrying the flag with the deepest hue of red?

Kayman's picture

Uh... Little Dick

I am a free enterpriser that has worked all his life, earned, lost, and earned some more moolah. 

I am disgusted that the work ethic has been destroyed in one generation.

More people are making dough trading paper than those that make products- real value added wealth.

The pyramid is upside down my friend and some of your comments (many ad hominem) simply add to the division in this country.

Trading paper is what is destroying this country.

scratch_and_sniff's picture

anthropomorphizing the humanity out of, what a great idea, but wouldn’t that be open to abuse of some kind? Cant quite put my finger on it, but i am sure someone tried that trick before. I never knew capitalist propaganda was so puerile and obvious, you would think the free world could come up with something more sophisticated to teach its children?

weinerdog43's picture

Did you think of that all by yourself, or did your Mom help?

huntsmontana's picture

"eat this pine cone, it will amuse me"


 Carter Pewterschmidt

TDoS's picture

What exactly is it that the super rich know how to do?  What fantastic skill do they possess that the rest of us rely so heavily upon, that such income disparity is justifiable?  Do these super wealthy grow food?  Do they build homes or make clothes?  Fuck, could they make their own breakfast if tasked with such a chore?

We all know what the super rich do.  They commit crimes.  They either use government cronies to appropriate public monies for them, or they use fraudulent financial practices to create money via electronic wizardry.  

These highly productive "ants" of yours, would die if legions of grasshoppers weren't growing their food, heating their homes, and stomping their champagne grapes for them. 

Kayman's picture

Hey there now Little Dick

Go wash that smegma out of your mouth.

TDoS's picture

We'll see who is productive and who is the parasite, when people like you come begging me for eggs from my chickens, crops from my fields, or meat from my smokehouse that I killed and gutted myself.

delacroix's picture

thay wasn't jesse jackson, it was al sharpton

delacroix's picture

that wasn't jesse jackson, it was al sharpton

dlmaniac's picture

Thanks for pointing that out. Will post it in corrected form the next time grasshoppers complain about "rich not trickle down enough free lunch wealth down" to them.

jeff montanye's picture

would that be doubling down?

RockyRacoon's picture

I've waited to comment.  Your insect analogy falls very short of being valid, but no need to go into detail.  I've got other stuff to do, like split some firewood.  The quick problem that came to mind is that you've compared two disparate species.  There is no interaction between them unless a grasshopper happens to die, whereupon the ants have something to drag into the hole.   You'd be hard pressed to compare the ant colony alone with a human civilization.  You've also assumed a "higher order" than the grasshopper/ant relationship (shall we call it government/media mix?).  Back to the grasshopper/ant thingie:  The ants are doing their best to kill off the witless grasshoppers and are feasting upon them.   What happens when the grasshoppers revolt/move/retaliate/disappear?   Work up a little fable on that one.

jakethesnake76's picture

My son inlaw works 16-20 hrs a day as a heat and air installer and maintenance .

6-7 days a week and he has alot of extra money. He not only does that but he makes sure all his customers want him back by trying to do a good and inexpensive Job for them.i on the other hand have lately been working one job for a city , i make decent money but can't get any overtime so i don't have extra money in fact i have not been able to pay all the money back yet for the new heat and air my son in law installed in my house. i could be jealous because it's embarrassing owing him money when he's married to my daughter but i am thankful and am paying him as i can. i need to find extra work to get ahead or start my own business .i used to have friends who would invite me over to their house to play video games but i was busy going to school and couldn't, but later i got promoted and made some of them jealous because i was getting ahead , i am seeing alot of jealousy in some of these comments here in this comment sections .