We live in a nightmare world of endless war, rape victim blaming, national politicians hostile to the very idea of public service, the dumbest and soulless of society flooding television, movies, and the music industry, corporations using Free Trade scams to evade environmental and labor laws, unarmed racial minorities being gunned down and choked to death in the streets, etc. Maakies
provides a needed front line defense against these crimes against humanity. In fact, if you fail to see the humor in Maakies
, you are a part of the problem that corrupts the promise of what the world offers into what we see around us today [“Not a Fan of Maakies
,” Feedback, Nov. 12]. While you can dismiss it as juvenile scribblings, Maakies
belongs in the tradition of Aristophanes, Jean-Paul Marat, Nellie Bly, Upton Sinclair, George Orwell, Howard Zinn, and others who risked their lives to defend the defenseless, the poor, the neglected, pointing out society’s flaws to improve life for all.