Mike Luckovich, Russiagate, and Liberal Xenophobia

When I saw this cartoon by Mike Luckovich I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of a name “Luckovich” is. It sounds vaguely Eastern European, and yet here he is not only accusing Russians of colluding with Nazis but also of being Slavic subhumans. Note the tiny skull. Phrenology lives.

I couldn’t help but think of this 19th Century cartoon by Thomas Nast, the German born cartoonist who worked in the late 19th Century. Nast was a radical Republican who passionately hated racism against black people. Yet he also depicted the Irish as sub-human apes. Liberal racists against racism! Some things never change I guess.

It’s also pretty striking just how much the artistic standards of cartoonists have gone done over the past 150 years. In the 19th Century cartoonists like Nast and Gustav Dore were genuine artists. Now editorial cartoonists just scratch any old crude shit on paper and caption it with their political opinions, none of which are going to make any sense to anybody even in a few election cycles.

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