Richard Posner Versus the Roberts Court

Domestic, Drawing

Richard Posner Versus Supreme Court

 

No editorial cartoon today (though I did do an illustration for a Black Friday piece at the Gabbler), so I thought I would post this illustration that was commissioned by Ryan Webler, a former classmate of mine and expert on judicial politics  who started the UMass Political Science review last year.

I enthusiastically greeted any opportunity that would allow me to learn more about judicial politics and draw Justice Scalia being electrocuted. I recommend this article if you’re interested in learning more about Posner’s criticism of the Roberts Supreme Court.

 

Americans Advise Afghans on Corruption

Domestic, International

Americans Advise Afghans on Corruption

This cartoon directly references two things: A Corruption Index released by Transparency International, and a damning article published in the New York Times, outlining how the C.I.A. was dropping off wads of cash each month to the office of President Hamid Karzai, sometimes in plastic shopping bags, as a way to buy influence. The secret cash amounted to tens of millions of dollars, prompting one anonymous American official to say that the U.S. that was the “biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan.”

Aside from highlighting this blatant example of corruption – I think it’s important to address the way subjectivity and framing affects our definition of corruption. Giving money in return for favor in politics is bribery, regardless of the democratic euphemisms used to legitimize it.

See this cartoon and others at The Gabbler!