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1.  Define the terms capitalism and irony.

2.  Describe the irony of this cartoon.

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Reprinted here with permission from Creators News Service.


1.  capitalism – an economic, political and social system based on private ownership of property, business and industry, and directed towards making the greatest possible profits for successful organizations and people (from

Irony – when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs.

2.  You would assume that the people buying the t-shirts believe that capitalism is dead, but by purchasing them, they are proving that it is alive and well.