StoneToss: Episode 4

First they come for the extremists, then they come for you.

Comic Name: Domino Effect
Description: N/A
Mouseover: First they come for the extremists, then they come for you.
Image Name: confederate-statue-comic.png
Originally Published: 8/17/2019

What The Comic Is: A statue of a confederate soldier is pulled down with a length of yellow police tape. The Lincoln Monument, having been cursed with sentience and spatial awareness as a statue that is unable to move or perform action, comments that he never liked the confederates and is therefore fine with the removal of the statue. However, the same yellow police tape then begins to topple him; his pleas for clemency falling on deaf ears.

What StoneToss Actually Thinks: StoneToss thinks that because people are removing one form of historical reverence that, eventually, all historical statues will be destroyed and removed, regardless of their context.

Why It’s Fucking Stupid: In fallacy there’s what is known as “slippery slope”, which basically summarizes the concept that someone who makes a baseless assertion such as  “Because X happened, that means Y will happen next” is generally full of shit. StoneToss is slipping down a slope with this comic as he seems to believe that eventually, we’re going to want to remove all statues. We can presume, perhaps, that StoneToss thinks this is because when you look hard enough, you’ll find that generally every historical figure has some sort of unsavory element or darker side and therefore reaction culture will lead to people self-righteously destroying every piece of chiseled marble they can find.

But it goes a little deeper than just that. Remember, StoneToss is fucking stupid. StoneToss is also subtlety suggesting that because everyone has some kind of hypothetical dirt on them that could be used as ammo to fuel an anti-statue fad against them, that the confederates weren’t precisely as bad/unworthy of memorial as people feel. After all, these non-existent people are tearing down the Lincoln monument of all things!! Do you really think they’re sound-minded enough to be right about the confederate statues??

The mouseover text is likely a reference to the poem First they came… by German pastor Martin Niemöller. The full poem is a commentary on what Niemöller declared a failure by the German people to stop the advancing atrocities and overreach of the Nazi party; 

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—     Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—     Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—     Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Look, it can be hard to tell what StoneToss is exactly trying to say sometimes because what he says is so fucking dumb that you can barely tell what, if any, intelligible point he’s attempting to construe, but it’s as if he’s trying to liken confederates to the oppressed groups in Nazi Germany, and that we should be speaking out in defense of them before “They” eventually come for us as well?

Hey, StoneToss! You’re fucking stupid!

6 thoughts on “StoneToss: Episode 4

  1. Hey remember that Abraham Lincoln bust in Chicago that was defaced by BLM? Remember that Churchill statue that was defaced by BLM? Remember that monument to the all black Shaw 54th Regiment that was defaced by BLM? Keep telling yourself that the slippery slope is just a fallacy though, I know you won’t believe it until the boot stamps down on your neck.

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    1. while the other comments here are true and valid, i would like to add that churchill was a pussy and it’s very cool to deface statues of him.

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  2. How can you claim what someone actually thinks when all you have or know of them is a cartoon? Do you apply the same imaginative processes to logic and reason as you go about your day?

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    1. While your question bears a strong likelihood of being dishonest, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and explain it. First of all, we have more than just a cartoon to know how StoneToss thinks. The brazen and unveiled bigotry he includes in his comics (everything from their titles to their descriptions to what’s actually in the comic itself) paired with his social media presence pretty much invalidates any “Well, you don’t KNOW he’s really a fascist, his comic might be trying to say something else…”. You can not, in good faith, argue that StoneToss’ fascist ideology, racism and bigotry are not apparent in his work and his actions on the internet. As for asking how I can claim to glean so much subtext from StoneToss’ comics, it’s because that’s just how StoneToss works. I don’t know if you are new to StoneToss, but if you’d just read through his comics (or even just checked out this blog more) it becomes really obvious that he includes a lot of unspoken subtext in his work, or deeper meaning that he hides behind double speak or obscure references. If you truly are trying to engage in good faith, I am more than happy to discuss this at length.

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