by Michael Mark Cohen

About Michael Mark Cohen

Michael Mark Cohen is Associate Teaching Professor of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Conspiracy of Capital: Law, Violence, and American Popular Radicalism in the Age of Monopoly.


In a Gary Larson cartoon from The Far Side (1980–95), a pair of archeologists wearing pith helmets and short pants discover “the mummified remains of a prehistoric cave-painter—still clutching his brush!” The artist’s skeleton lies on the cave floor with a stone-tipped spear lodged in his ribcage. On the wall is the artist’s final work, a black-line drawing of a bison in the style of Lascaux but with the face of a slack-jawed caveman protruding from the bison’s ass. Our scientists offer their expert assessment: “Seems he made an enemy, though.”