"Diogenes the Cynic" lived some 2,400 years ago. In the subsequent centuries 'Cynicism' got a bad name precisely because it sought to challenge the pronouncements of society's dominant culture in a satirical manner. The ideal Cynic evangelises, as the watchdog of humanity, duty bound to show those involved in the popular debate the error of their ways.
This blog seeks to maintain that 'cynical' spirit through the critical use of imagery, distorting visual concepts and metaphors, to show the true sense of issues in contemporary social and political debates.


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Diogenes' Lamp – 2017 posts index

inc image Lennon on violence

06/08/2017

"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor."

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inc image Nature doesn't do economics...

03/08/2017

Nature doesn't do economics... twit-who?

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inc image WARNING!: Consumerism...

30/07/2017

Consumerism kills cute fluffy animals (so why not do without it?)

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inc image "Pretty Vacant"

01/06/2017

This election Theresa May has been... 'pretty vacant'!

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inc image "Forward Together"

18/05/2017

Theresa May launches the Conservative Manifesto 2017.

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inc image I Daniel Blake...

10/05/2017

"I Daniel Blake want the shite Tories gone on June 9th"

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inc image Theresa May on 'The One Show'

10/05/2017

"Everything's under control!"

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inc image Corbyn goes for the floating voters...

07/05/2017

This is the policy initiative we must implement to attract more young people to vote, and very importantly, to attract the floating voter.

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inc image "Strong and Stable"...

27/04/2017

"Strong and stable" was the statement made in the Enron annual report in 1999, two years before its collapse.

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inc image "The illusion of freedom"...

23/04/2017

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. (Frank Zappa)

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inc image Two articles, both published on the same day...

18/04/2017

Does anyone still no tsee the sudden need ofr na election?

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inc image Makes you want to scream...

18/04/2017

Just when we need a ration debate they call an election!

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inc image #brexitnotinmyname

05/04/2017

Concern grows that Theresa May is a robotic puppet for post-Brexit corporate interests after another apparent programming glitch manifests itself during a speech

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inc image A few words on 'individual freedom'...

02/04/2017

George: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em. Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut. George: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom. Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about. George: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em. Billy: Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared. George: No, it makes 'em dangerous.

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inc image Bexit Stushie

31/03/2017

Downing Street slaps Nicola Sturgeon with lawsuit for non-risk-assessed 'bad posture' at work, citing EU employment law.

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inc image SHEXIT ('The Shire' Exits Middle Earth)

29/03/2017

After Shexit, does the great story make any sense?

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inc image 'Make Tea Not Love'

26/03/2017

British birth control group steps up direct action

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inc image Johnny Black, 'The Anarchist's Cookbook'

22/03/2017

I don't believe in anything, not even nihilism

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inc image Reality hits us all, eventually...

22/03/2017

I wa spromised drugs, sex and free love... but now I've got kids and I look like my Dad

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inc image 'Dreams'

12/03/2017

I would spread cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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inc image 'Fascist' Deodorant

06/03/2017

Whether your shirt is black or brown, or if you're not wearing one at all, 'FASCIST' will allow you to raise your right arm with confidence.

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inc image Never under-estimate the power of 'TELL-LIE-VISION'

03/03/2017

"I am the solution to 'fake news'".

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inc image 'Old Campaigners'

28/02/2017

"You know you're an old campaigner when the placard-waivers, let alone the police pushing you around, start to look like kids"

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inc image 'Boris's economic outlook'

27/02/2017

"Conference, we don't just have to think about making the rich richer or the poor poorer, we can do both!"

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inc image 'Stay wrecked!'

24/02/2017

"I'm gonna stay wrecked on catnip until Brexit collapses, Trump is in prison, and Boris combs his hair"

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inc image 'A Primitivist 'chooses life''

18/02/2017

"Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers... Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, sucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future! Choose life!... But why would I want to do a thing like that? Why would I do that when I could make a shelter in the woods, forage for my needs, and avoid the dumb fucks who do the bidding of The Man thinking it was their own choice?"

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inc image 'Valentine 2017: Police armed to the teeth'

14/02/2017

"...I wish he'd be my Valentine"

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inc image 'Brexistentialism'

13/02/2017

"Brexistentialism (nounn): a philosophical theory or approach which emphacizes the non-existence of the real world in order to allow the full ideological freedom to be nasty and vindictive to others; particularly a state's own, less wealthy citizens"

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inc image 'An Apple A Day Keeps the NHS Crisis at Bay'

10/02/2017

"In a new policy twist, Health Secretary plans to force feed England's population an apple a day to reduce demand on NHS doctors"

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inc image 'The Donald Strikes Back'

08/02/2017

"Donald, hate do not – that way leads to the Dark Side"

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inc image 'Brexit's Bad Debts'

04/02/2017

"I asked her how we're going to service our non-Sterling denominated sovereign debt, but she kept saying, 'Brexit means Brexit'"

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inc image 'Atlas *H*ugged'

31/01/2017

"The narcissistic new sequel to Ayn Rand's psychopathic economic vision of an individualist utopia"

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