Illustrating Liberty: Krugman/Caveman

[Illustrating Liberty is a new, irregular feature on this blog featuring the occasional “Political Photoshoppery” of Aristotle A. Esguerra.]

When I received Chris Brown’s approved Daily Article, “‘Neanderthal’ Economics,” the basis for an image came immediately to mind — the metrosexual GEICO Caveman. Then I read the article, which basically takes the writings of ‘court economist,’ New York Times columnist, Ivy League™ professor, and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman to task, and the idea started to crystallize further. Sadly, high-resolution images of the Caveman are not readily available for high-quality mashups, which is a big disadvantage for anyone looking to purchase a book of my work.[1]

The first idea for the image was to have the Caveman reading the Times at the restaurant scene that made “I’ll have the roast duck with the mango salsa” a hit catchphrase amongst boob-tubers and sports fans. Fortunately there was a screencap of (barely) passable quality along with a medium-res image of a Times front page floating around Google Images, which I combined to form this:

Neanderthal Economics illustration proposal, Aristotle A. Esguerra, Nov. 25, 2008.

"'Neanderthal' Economics" illustration proposal, Aristotle A. Esguerra, Nov. 25, 2008.

BK Marcus, working independently of me, sent me his own proposal in which he modified another screencap, this time of the commercial based on the talking-head news:

Neanderthal Vs. Keynesian, BK Marcus, November 2008.

"Neanderthal Vs. Keynesian," BK Marcus, November 2008.

Great minds think alike?

I thought it might be interesting to see if we could get the estimable Dr. Krugman on-screen. Fortunately, one of the few high-quality shots of Krugman is from his appearance on “Meet the Press.” After taking the background out from behind his head and replacing it with one closer to the GEICO/Madison Avenue original, we have the final result:

Krugman/Caveman, Aristotle A. Esguerra, Nov. 25, 2008

"Krugman/Caveman," BK Marcus and Aristotle A. Esguerra, Nov. 25, 2008

Read the article to find out what Chris Brown calls ‘Neanderthal’ economics. Here’s a hint: my money’s with the Caveman.[2]


[1] There is also that thing about “intellectual property” with which to contend.

[2] And by that I don’t mean that my car is insured with GEICO. Even though it is.


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