Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Oh Dear....

Tal Cual cartoon today
Chavez: Whoever has a personal agenda cannot be a revolutionary (note: proyecto in chavista-speech is so loaded with meaning that translation with agenda can convey it only partially.)
Some guy in the small crowd: with you everything, without you nothing (note: Spanish mistake, sintigo, deliberate by the artist)


  1. Cartoonist made the reference to a hard core peronist in argentina Herminio Iglesias who said El Peronismo vencera conmigo o sinmigo" www.clarin.com/diario/2007/02/17/elpais/p-01601.htm

  2. Daniel

    Interesting. But sintigo is also used as a jest in Venezuela slang. Who knows, maybe Weil knows the intricacies of Peronist politics too :)

    The point is that the use of sintigo is always from petulant to mocking and the small crowd of the cartoon is also part of the message as Weil has no problem drawing larger crowds when appropriate. Almost as if the huge poster/ego of Chavez was trying to compensate for thinning crowds.

  3. gee.... we are going to need daniel 1 and daniel2 distinctions. sorry!

  4. Charly12:35 PM

    Definitely Venezuela has some of the best cartoonists. They really know how to cut through the BS. Genial!

  5. Charly

    True! Unfortunately Zapata, Rayma and Edo do not translate as well a Weil, the reason I use him most.

  6. PS: by the way, all of them admire Zapata, the guru of Venezuelan political and social cartooning.

  7. Charly2:06 PM

    Zapata? One of my dreams is to own one of his originals. However, from the province I don't even know where to start.

  8. Boludo Tejano4:30 PM

    I didn't know about the Peronista source about "sintigo". I also see it as a takeoff on Fidel's oft-repeated statement about his process: “Inside the Revolution, everything - outside the Revolution, nothing.”

  9. Boludo Tejano4:43 PM

    Front Page posits Mussolini as the inspiration for the Castro quote.

    Indeed, Castro’s rhetoric and almost invariable military attire mirror Der Fuhrer and Il Duce. Consider the nexus between Castro’s "Inside the Revolution, everything; outside the Revolution, nothing" and Mussolini’s "Everything within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State."
    None of this is coincidental. In high school, Castro carried a copy of Mein Kampf and emulated Mussolini’s gestures; he later owned twelve volumes of Mussolini’s writings. At the conclusion of his "History Will Absolve Me" speech while on trial for the 1953 Moncada barracks attack, Castro echoes Hitler at his trial for the failed putsch of 1923.

    Georgie Ann Geyer’s Guerrilla Prince bioography of Castro also discusses Fidel’s affinity for Fascism when a high school student.

    Weil may be an artist and a comic, but there are deep roots behind what he says. All this writing about three lines in a political cartoon.While Thugo can talk for hours without saying anything, Weil can compress a twenty minute discourse into three lines.


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