Too Big To Fail
Whatever happened to the United States’ much-vaunted post-Cold War “unipolar moment,” when it was not only supposed to be the only superpower left standing, but also one in a position to impose its every whim on the rest of the planet?
- The economic meltdown of 2008, during which US citizens discovered that they were not too big to fail, but their banks were.
- The Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, in which the nuclear industry was also too big to fail--let the nuclear chips fall where they may.
- The melting of the icebergs: the planet is not too big to fail but oil, coal, and automobile corporations are.
- The so-called “Arab Spring,” in which Arab dictators--most of them vassals of the United States--realized, to their utter consternation, that they were not too big to fail after all, falling like dominoes.
A collection of cartoons by Algerian-American political cartoonist, Khalil Bendib, Too Big To Fail celebrates the epochal paradigm shift that has unfolded over the past few years--beginning with the US economic meltdown of 2008 and ending with the current instability in the Middle East and beyond since the 2011 uprisings--pointing out the absurdity of it all and heralding the light at the end of the tunnel for the oppressed 99% worldwide.
Born under colonial rule during Algeria’s war of independence against France, Khalil Bendib is the only widely read political cartoonist in the United States who brings a non-Eurocentric, progressive perspective to US and Canadian media. His award-winning cartoons are featured in over two thousand small and mid-size newspapers across the country, including many Muslim, African-American, Arab, and other progressive publications and websites, and can be viewed at Muslim Observer, corpwatch.org, otherwords.org, and his own cartoon website www.bendib.com.
His cartoons have been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has published several books of political cartoons, including his most recent, Mission Accomplished (Interlink, August 2007.) He is also co-author of Zahra’s Paradise (First Second, 2011), which has been published in sixteen languages worldwide.