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Stacking: A Socialist Critique of the Rich and Powerful?

Tired Gamer writes: "on the face of it, Stacking seems to nest neatly inside a socialist framework. the story is fundamentally about the small and the marginalized taking on their oppressors - the many taking power back from the few. it incorporates elements of the classic left-wing portrayal of the rich and powerful as villainous and despotic, and offers more than a nod to the kind of critique of industrialization explored in Modern Times, Chaplain's brilliantly biting, silent-era satire of Fordism (a link reinforced by the fact that Charlie's guide on his journey is a 'hobo' called Levi, who simply must be an homage to Chaplain's Little Tramp)."

"however, in addition to (and to some extent tension with) these political/ethical tones in the narrative, the act of stacking itself raises some interesting political questions."

(Note: Unusual capitalisation and grammar is part of the intentional style of the column.)

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