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Ted uses Beacon to tell stories about politics and life in pictures. He’s a hard-charging political cartoonist who thinks independently and takes no prisoners. He’ll use a variety of forms to share his unique take on social commentary and current events.

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Why should I subscribe to you?

I provide a contrarian and eclectic, yet serious and considered, political point of view you won’t find anywhere else, from any other American political writer or cartoonist. Because I don’t follow any party line, and think independently (though decidedly left of center on most issues), it is difficult to find mainstream publications willing to give me an outlet. I think what I do is important, and if you agree, your sponsorship will make sure I continue, and am able to increase my output.

What do you cover?

I am best known as a hard-charging political cartoonist of the old “take no prisoners” school. Alas, our numbers are few. I tackle current events, hypocritical politicians and social commentary.

I write opinion columns and essays along the same lines as my cartoons, but about topics that require explicating and elaboration.

I do a lot of comics journalism: journalism in cartoon form. For example, I recently did a long piece about testing out a drone plane, for the Los Angeles Times. I covered the Quebec student uprising in 2011. And I did a book of comics journalism from Afghanistan in 2010 (the book comes out soon).

I like to write long essays, especially about Central and South Asia, where I travel frequently. It’s hard to find sponsors for these feature pieces, at least in print, but they’re very rewarding when I get to do them.

My specialties include Central Asia, South Asia, US politics, generational politics, and pretty much anything that interests me.

How often do you post on Beacon?

I’ll post at least three cartoons a week, plus a column. Most of these will also appear elsewhere. Soon I’ll be posting one original piece of writing or cartoon art each week. If and when more people support my work, it will allow me to dedicate more time each week to original content for Beacon.

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Ted’s most recent stories on Beacon:

Torture is an All-American Value

Torture against American values? Hardly. From American troops who mutilated the genitals of Native Americans to waterboarding Filipino independence fighters in the early 20th century to organized rape gangs in Vietnam, torture has been… 

Why split Calif. into only six states? Go libertarian all the way!

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that there was evidence to support the notion that smaller is better. Where does it stop? Why not declare every one of California’s 38 million people the sole citizen of their own state, with their home their capitals? With 76 million United States Senators, that would give The States Formerly Known as California serious juice in… 

Climate Change Rapid Response Team

The United Nations has issued a report warning that, unless the world takes radical action in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, climate change/global warming will become disastrous and irreversible. The deadline is 10 to 15 years. The thing is, we were told the same thing 15 years… 

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