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Nina Paley's Mimi and Eunice for 8/20/2010:

Nina's comment on the strip: "I love my Libertarian friends! So it is with love I poke gentle fun at them."

[Hat tip to William Benzon.]


  1. Nathan Myers said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    Nina clearly doesn't want to be shot, and is saying so loudly and clearly to make certain there are no misunderstandings on that point.

  2. groki said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    of the first panel's words, "georgearianist" was the most opaque to me (the rest I can sorta get), and my google fu is apparently too weak to penetrate the opacity.

    my guess would be something having to do with all the leading figures of various flavors over the years who are named George (G Washington, G III, G Soros, G Bush, G Steinbrenner, etc), but I can't fathom what that something might be.

  3. Rodger C said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    I don't talk a lot with Libertarians, but my guess is Henry George.

  4. John Cowan said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    Almost certainly this George, who most libertarians abhor as a heretic (the noisy ones). There are other people who call themselves both libertarian and Georgist, and "in the manner of other moderate and disaffected minorities, [find] themselves helpless between the upper and nether millstones." (Dorothy L. Sayers, Hell, her translation of the first book of the Divine Comedy.)

    I'm happy with the label "Georgist", but not with "libertarian", as the majority of libertarians are what Georgist libertarians call "royalists".

    [(myl) And we should never forget that the game Monopoly (or its parent, "The Landlord's Game") was invented by the Georgist Elizabeth Magie as an illustration of Henry George's theories.]

  5. John Cowan said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    That is, I'm happy as applied to me, not to other people.

  6. Celesa said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    I'm almost disappointed she didn't manage to use the scandaliferous "-gate" suffix…

  7. Jean-Sébastien Girard said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 12:57 am


    I bet the last word was to end with it :p

  8. outeast said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 3:40 am


  9. greg said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Would that be George-air-ee-an in pronunciation? Or Geor-gear(jeer?)-ee-an?

  10. John Cowan said,

    September 2, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    Greg: "It depands on who's prononcink." (Hyman Kaplan, in response to being corrected for called Mischa Elman "Moishe Elman".)

  11. fs said,

    September 3, 2010 @ 2:08 am

    So it is with love I poke gentle fun at them.

    Am I the only one who finds this odd? I'd put a "that" after "love".

  12. Nick Lamb said,

    September 3, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    "And we should never forget that the game Monopoly"

    … is a terrible game. Honestly, Monopoly is the Strunk and White of board games. It enjoys continued popularity because people who grew up knowing no better buy it based on name recognition. Based on its merits it should be long-forgotten by now.

    Break the cycle. If the fundamental competitive "somebody has to win the game" idea of Monopoly is fine with you, try a German-style board game such as The Settlers of Catan or Agricola. Someone still wins, but everybody has fun on the way to that endpoint. If even the holy cow of "winners and losers" is up for grabs, check out Pandemic, which is a co-operative game in which the players are all trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

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