Who indeed?

Cidu Bill on Oct 16th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, Bill Whitehead, CIDU, Free Range, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Who indeed?”

  1. John Small Berries Oct 16th 2013 at 12:41 am 1

    In recent election cycles, it has seemed that a popular charge to levy against one’s political opponent is a lack of real-world business experience.

    It seems the stone accepts the premise that business experience renders a candidate fit to rule.

  2. mitch4 Oct 16th 2013 at 06:42 am 2

    Now I’m trying to remember if Free Range has all along seemed to have strong political / social predispositions. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but this one seems to be saying “Businessmen are the real / strong / competent heroes, moreso than your knights in shining armour; and a conformist business suit is the sign of real merit.”

  3. Powers Oct 16th 2013 at 08:41 am 3

    Mitch4: I would rather say that the comic is parodying that position.

  4. mitch4 Oct 16th 2013 at 08:47 am 4

    Well, okay. I could join in calling it a parody of that; but not transparently so on the basis of what we see in this one instance. It’s more that we don’t “historically” recall this artist taking that sort of stance undeniably.

  5. Winter Wallaby Oct 16th 2013 at 11:27 am 5

    I think this joke works regardless of your political bent. Even if you think business experience is useful for running a modern country, it’s incongruous to think of the same rule being used in medieval times.

    “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses.”

  6. turquoisecow Oct 16th 2013 at 07:53 pm 6

    Well, part of a leader’s job is to figure out how to manage expenses and direct people. Some executives have those abilities, so it makes sense they’d be good or at least acceptable kings, even if they wouldn’t necessarily be very good at wielding a sword…

    I certainly wouldn’t trust any of the businessmen I know with anything that sharp.

  7. Mark d Oct 16th 2013 at 08:04 pm 7

    The knights didn’t realize how cutthroat business can be.

  8. Powers Oct 17th 2013 at 06:43 am 8

    Mitch4: It doesn’t matter what the artist’s historical stance is; the only way this comic works /as a joke/ is if it’s parodying the conservative political stance that business experience makes for better politicians.

  9. Christine Oct 20th 2013 at 08:48 am 9

    I don’t think it’s necessarily a political statement. Look at what happens at an office, if someone gets brought into a management position with no experience in the field. They have business experience, or management experience, and that’s considered sufficient by the people doing the hiring, but no one else feels that way.

  10. Powers Oct 20th 2013 at 08:58 am 10

    Christine, pulling the sword from the stone is a symbol of the divine right to rule, not the divine right to be middle management.

  11. Elyrest Oct 20th 2013 at 11:12 am 11

    Christine - When I was an assistant manager of a bookstore my district manager (DM) brought in a Manager who had retail management experience in women’s clothing. DM said that the retail management experience was more important than the book knowledge (and love). DM was wrong about the books - the customers could tell that the Manager was lost when a book question came up.

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