Studs Terkel, An American Who Told The Truth   Leave a comment

On this day after the 2016 election day, I thought it appropriate to reblog a post from November 4, 2008. Check out the collection, you won’t find any U.S. Presidents. –kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being


Robert Shetterly has painted a collection of “Americans Who Tell The Truth. I just learned about Robert  because one of his portraits is that of Studs Terkel. Each painting includes a quote.  The Studs quote is:

“Perhaps it is this specter that most haunts working men and women: the planned obsolescence of people that is of a piece with the planned obsolescence of the things they make. Or sell. It is perhaps this fear of no longer being needed in a world of needless things that most clearly spells out the unnaturalness, the surreality of much that is called work today.”

In his “Artist’s Statement,” Shetterly writes: De Toqueville said, “America is great because it is good. When it ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.” A democracy, whose leaders and media do not try to tell the people the truth, is a democracy in name…

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Posted November 9, 2016 by kenneturner in Information

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