Rage Against the Machine Day 8 by Carl D’Agostino

The Dictatorship of the Clock

by Carl D’Agostino of I Know I Made You Smile





Carl D’Agostino was born in Staten Island, New York in 1949. He has lived in Miami, Florida since early childhood.  He retired in 2006 after 33 years as a high school American and world history teacher in the Miami Dade Public School System. He now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Besides cartooning he enjoys wood carving and collects President Franklin D. Roosevelt mantel clocks and related items. He is working on publishing several volumes of his cartoons. Currently he is focused of producing/selling prints of his Dia de los Muertos art prints.  .



Written for Rage Against the Machine Month.  If you’d like to be a part of the challenge, find more information Here.   But first, leave a comment and let Carl know what you think about what he shared, and be sure to visit him over at I Know I Made You Smile when you’re done.

About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. Beautiful. For me, I’m thinking about my own stiff obedience to time and not taking enough time for things like… breathing. I’m so glad you shared your work here. You always leave passionate comments, so it’s cool to have your other side here as well.

  2. Honored to be included in the series. I have been retired 11 years now. I thought I would be free of this milieu. Free of civilization’s chains. Reality check : There is always something to invade my serenity and I still need an alarm clock and planning calendar for this, that or the other.

  3. The dictatorship of the clock indeed. Only recently, having moved a small distance from family, have I managed to reclaim my own life and time, which so quickly gets gobbled up by demands and “shoulds” and the needs of others. I am reveling in the spaciousness of time being my own. About time, at 71. Smiles.

  4. It amazes me that now that I’m retired I am as busy or busier than I was before. Or maybe I feel like that because I move slower than I used to. The clock is still important but I don’t set alarms!

  5. Amazing image here worth so many words and worthy of so many debates! I like the clock because I am always fashionably late and I am not sure if when I retire that will change much…probably be more fashionable [chuckling]

  6. There’s a whole movement connected to the Mayan calendar and lunar timekeeping in general which theorizes that our own relatively infantile modern time keeping system is key to keeping us stuck in unhealthy and outmoded societal behaviors.

    And indeed, it must be observed that the various ancient apocalyptic prophesies rarely mention the end of the world — it’s usually the end of time as we know it to which they refer.

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