Quote of the moment: Gold standard a “barbarous relic” – Keynes

January 18, 2012

Portrait of John Maynard Keynes as a younger man

Portrait of John Maynard Keynes as a younger man (who is the artist? where does it hang?)

  • In truth, the gold standard is already a barbarous relic.
    • John Maynard Keynes, Monetary Reform (1924), p. 172

    Did Keynes foresee the rise of Ron Paul, even in 1924?

    Gold Key, weighing one kilogram is used to acc...

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Sherffius cartoons from the mount

January 18, 2012

Mount Rushmore, that is:

John Sherffius cartoon, 11-1-2011, Mt. Rushmore advice

John Sherffius, Boulder Camera, November 1, 2011

Is John Sherffius channeling Mount Rushmore?  What do you think?

To understand political cartoons, one needs to understand the iconography used in them.  Certainly Mount Rushmore and the four presidents it portrays is one of the more powerful icons in the United States, a Great Depression-era monumental sculpting project, the genius of Gutzon Borglum writ very, very large, and now a part of the National Park System, as a National Memorial in South Dakota, one of our smallest states in population, and one of the last frontier states in America.

I don’t have a favorite — there are too many good versions, in cartoons, in parody, as patriotic symbol, as a backdrop for Hitchcock movies,  and as a representation of the heritage of Chicago blues, among others.  What is your favorite use of the Mt. Rushmore icon, or your favorite photo of the carvings?  Give us a link in comments, please.

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