Cover for The Progressive
posted: August 3, 2009
Capitalism, Sarah Palin-Style

Here's the cover I did for this month's issue of The Progressive, to illustrate an article by Naomi Klein, who uses Sarah Palin as a symbol for the Wild West capitalism rampant before the economic meltdown. She contends that if the bailout works and the economy returns to the course it was on, it will be back to a world epitomized by Palin and the drill-baby-drill-shop-till-you-drop-for-tomorrow-will-never-come outlook on the world.

The article provided lots of fodder for visuals: a pirate ship of finance and depletion of natural resources and global warming and hyper-consumerism and...

Well, see for your yourself -- here's an excerpt from the article:

"What if the bailout actually works, what if the financial sector is saved and the economy returns to the course it was on before the crisis struck? Is that what we want? And what would that world look like? The answer is that it would look like Sarah Palin. Hear me out, this is not a joke.

"Palin was the last clear expression of capitalism-as-usual before everything went south. That’s quite helpful because she showed us—in that plainspoken, down-homey way of hers—the trajectory the U.S. economy was on before its current meltdown. The core of her message was this: Those environmentalists, those liberals, those do-gooders are all wrong."

To read more, here's a link to The Progressive's site.