Pawel Kuczynski's Thought-Provoking Illustrations

As you've seen in this fascinating lecture by Slavoj Žižek, the logic of the reigning neoliberal corporatist hegemony requires that people become mindless, selfish, individualistic consumers and automata in a zero-sum game rather than thoughtful citizens who question the status quo, and who work to make the world a better, more just and equitable place in which everyone contributes to create the conditions under which everyone can flourish.

Of course, to the extent that those who wield political, cultural and economic power can distract you with mind-numbing, superficial and petty entertainment, and to the extent that they can appeal to your basest and most shallow instincts, they have the upper hand. Luckily, though, there are people like artist Pawel Kuczynski, who manage to peer beneath the surface and expose, in powerfully visual ways, the cultural, institutional and structural framework under which this entire system operates and the basic hidden presuppositions that fuel its exploitative success.

How many of the following drawings reflect your life, your fears, your aspirations, your culture, your world, your alienation?

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