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Grunge Art Landscape — Now And In The Past Waiting For The Future   Leave a comment

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“The philosophy of the populists was that you can’t have political democracy if you don’t have economic democracy. Justice Brandeis put it plainly: ‘You can have democracy in this country or you can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but you can’t have both.’ When I get a chance, I go out and talk about this thing, write about it, and preach about it.”

Merle Hansen, 74 (Newman Grove, Nebraska) 
— from “Coming of Age – The Story of Our Century By Those Who’ve Lived It” by Studs Terkel

Large Boulders Along The Lemmon Rock Trail   1 comment

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“I like to collect rocks. The history of the earth is there. Finer forms are in the quarry than ever Michelangelo evoked. I think it’s a quote from somewhere. As an old person, when I look at young people it charges me. Here, in effect, is a quarry. Something within this stone can be shaped. It’s in somebody’s imagination.”

David Brower, 79 (San Francisco, California)
— from “Coming of age – The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Lived It” by Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel, An American Who Told The Truth   1 comment

 

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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 only. If the consent of voters is gained through fear and lies, America is neither good nor great. Nor is it America.”  He goes on to say,

“The more I’ve learned about American history — past and present — the more people I’ve discovered whom I want to honor in this way. The paintings will not be for sale. They will stay together as a group.  The courage of these individuals needs to remain a part of a great tradition, a united effort in respect for the truth. Eventually, I will give the portraits to one museum or library on the condition that they continue to be shown. These people form the well from which we must draw our future.”

Learn more about this remarkable collection at:

http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/

kenne

Posted November 3, 2008 by kenneturner in Commentary, Information

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