Pairs of Lenos

A few months ago, I made a little cartoon called “Pairs of Lenos,” which consisted of four short segments in which Jay Leno converses with a copy of himself. I decided to add a couple extra segments and put it up on YouTube for the world to enjoy. WARNING: Video may contain some NSFW Leno-on-Leno action.

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How to Liberalize Your Economy

Here you are, the leader of an underdeveloped country, plodding along your merry way, when all of a sudden you’re hit by hyperinflation, shortages, or some other Very Bad Thing. Now all of a sudden your economy is reeling, your usual prescriptions aren’t taking effect, and you’re not sure what to do. Out of desperation, you ask an esteemed economist from the developed world for advice. Alternatively, the esteemed economist might barge through your country on a very large parade float and yell his advice at you through a megaphone. In any case, he tells you that you just need to liberalize your economy. If you open your country to the capricious whims of global capitalism, you will be rewarded most handily with a steady rate of absolute growth. These words puzzle you. “Liberalize my economy?” you ask, your mouth agape. “But how?” The esteemed economist patiently lays out the process you must follow. Continue reading

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The Dilemma of the Petty Bourgeois Radical: A Disclaimer

What does it mean to be a “radical” in the United States? Does it mean anything? Many self-styled “radicals” in the US are petty bourgeois, myself included. How should the petty bourgeois radical approach revolutionary writing? Should they approach it at all? How can the petty bourgeois radical (or PBR for short) be in a position to critique capitalism when they profit from the exploitation of third world labor; when they own Apple laptops and use Facebook; when, just by existing, they tacitly support countless amoral, multi-national corporations? Can PBRs call themselves radicals in any true sense? Can they advocate any anti-capitalist agenda without collapsing into self-parody?

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Brief Explanatory Notice

Hi there! My name is Asher. I used to have a pretty elaborate personal website, but over the past couple years, I stopped doing much with it. It seemed more fitting (and a hell of a lot cheaper) to start up this little blog to replace the old, bloated monstrosity that I barely ever updated. There were a lot of comics and animated shorts on the old website that I probably won’t transfer over here, because I made them in high school, and they embarrass me.

I hate writing introductory posts like this, so I’m gonna stop. Stay tuned, though, ’cause I’ll be posting plenty of insufferable writing in the near future!

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