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Cory Doctorow #BLM+ Your Authors @doctorow Pre-order the audio- and e-book for ATTACK SURFACE, the third Little Brother book, on my first-ever Kickstarter: tinyurl.com/AttackSurfaceKS Sep. 13, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen @MattBors's incredible cartoons for @TheNib, especially this classic panel from his enduring 2016 "Mr Gotcha" strip:

 https://thenib.com/mister-gotcha/ 

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Its currency and fame are easy to explain: Mr Gotcha is a superb example of the odious neoliberal idea that there are no systemic problems (or, importantly, solutions), only individual choices.

Don't like climate change? Recycle.

Don't like monopolies? Shop indie.

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Don't like inequality? Donate to charity.

Don't like racism? Don't be racist.

Don't like sexual assault? Don't rape anyone.

This framework is a recipe for despair, self-loathing and inaction, and Bors's Mr Gotcha is the perfect avatar for it.

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Four years later, Bors has brought back Mr Gotcha for a very special covid edition:

 https://thenib.com/mr-gotcha-covid/ 

Mr Gotcha starts off by with a reiteration of the current right-wing disinformation meme.

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Before Bors widens the frame to include apologism for police murder.

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In writing this up, I realized (belatedly) that Bors has a book of these strips out, "We Should Improve Society Somewhat." Naturally, I ordered it.

 https://cloverpress.us/products/we-should-improve-society-somewhat 

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