The Fascism Train
Fascism is a word that is too prevalent in contemporary society. It is in our politics. It is in our news. It is in our conversations. It is in the back of our minds. We dismissed fascism as irrelevant to our everyday lives in America. Despite the protests of the most astute, most of us have thought “it could not happen to me.” That seems to be changing in recent years. We have all witnessed the actions of neo-nazis in Chancellorsville, the abhorrent comments of our politicians as they equivocate and dismiss our concerns, and the slow decent of the internet into a grimy pool of fake news and conspiracies.
This comic depicts a rider being told that they are going to board the fascism train, a subtle reference to Nazism and their preferred method of transport for their victims. The golden ticket in the hand of the conductor is a reference to Willy Wonka. Often times fascism comes cloaked inside of promises of a bright future. However, once inside the candy factory, the world is turned upside down for the ticket holders in Willy Wonka. This is true in fascism too, but instead of candy and hijinks, it is misery and abuse.
I drew this to try and capture that feeling, the impending coming of something unknown. The last few years with Trump have been filled with a daily dread of “what is coming next.” To quote Trent Reznor of the Nine Inch Nails fame, “who am I in this world where it feels like every day the furniture got moved a bit while I slept?” He is asking who are we in a world going mad and how will will find our way out. The question I am asking is have we already taken the ticket and boarded the train, or is there still time to find a new method to transport us into the future?