This Week’s Cartoon: “The Off-Center Center”

As Paul Krugman pointed out yesterday, the more market fundamentalism fails, the more vigorously it seems to be embraced. Bipartisan compromise now consists of agreement between the center-right and off-the-deep-end psychocapitalists. I honestly don’t see a way out of this self-defeating feedback loop given our current political environment.

Before I wrote this cartoon, I was actually thinking of doing one that showed Republicans praising FDR the way Obama has praised Reagan,  just as Krugman mentioned (hey, great minds think alike!), to show how ridiculously improbable that would be. Also, is it just me, or shouldn’t more people be freaking out about Ron “End the Fed” Paul overseeing the Fed? I dunno, maybe not enough Americans understand what the Fed is.

On another note, all I want for Christmas is for you to join the Slowpoke Facebook Krew, or follow me on Twitter. If you don’t already do so, of course.


  • AJ

    Hi Jen, surprised at no comments yet. I thought this was one of the best cartoons I’ve read – and most of them are certainly gems. Something about gradualism of the public’s willingness to forfeit standards that took decades to establish and that are still the envy of developing nations. Perhaps we can export some of our greatest achievements in human freedom and dignity before it’s too late. Thanks!

  • Steve Fisher

    Now, look here. When the public is busy watching so-called “reality” TV shows (requiring no intellectual exertion), being spoon-fed pabulum from the likes of Faux Noise and talk radio, obtaining Great Philosophical Truths from bumper stickers, and just generally indulging its own ignorance, prejudice, misdirected anger, and mean-spiritedness, how can you possibly expect it to take the time to actually think critically and logically about our current economic situation, how it came about to begin with, and how to effectively deal with it? I mean — can’t you see how unreasonable that is?

  • John Kerr

    This just shows how hard it can be sometimes to caricature American politics. As you know, both US parties are regarded in Europe as being already somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan. Add to that the perceived rightward drift, and then try to exaggerate it still further for the purposes of satire! All of that considered, you have done a quite marvellous job with this one.

  • Michael Welle

    All of this is true. But it does ignore the old axiom: “the meek shall inherit the earth.” That statement cannot be proven by mere reason.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone.

  • Randy

    Awesome. Simply awesome.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.