Walt Whitman, half-length portrait, seated, facing slightly left, wearing hat, hands in pockets [1880to1892]

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The-fountain-of-taxation-[1909]

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Summary: Illustration shows a large fountain with four basins, at top, supported by a crown and scepters, is a basin labeled “Millionaire”, next resting on a cornucopia is “Well-To-Do”, then the “Middle Class” basin supported by an octopus, and at the bottom is the largest basin labeled the “Laboring Class”. The fountain is standing on a platform labeled “Tax System”; the water, cascading from top down is labeled “Burden of Taxation”.

Caption: Eventually the bottom basin gets it.

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The-laughter-of-the-gods-[1909]

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Summary: Illustration shows two diminutive figures labeled “Democratic Principles” and “Republican Principles” arguing between themselves; in the background are four large men, “the Gods”, labeled “Democratic Boss, Privileged Interests, Dive Keeper, [and] Republican Boss” sitting on a bench, amused by the two small figures in the foreground.

Caption: The Big Four Let ’em argue! If they stopped talking they might begin thinking, and then where would we be?

Image Source → Library of Congress

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The-god-of-their-idolatry----sacrifice-offerings-to-the-gasolene-[sic]-chuggernaut-[1910]

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Summary: Illustration shows an enormous automobile and driver in the middle of a rural landscape among a crowd of people who have brought many things of value to them that they are offering to this new god of mobility. There is a path of destruction in the wake of the automobile, which is depicted beneath a black sky

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Summary: Illustration shows an interior view of a boardroom where the appearance of a ghost labeled “Spirit of Honesty” has frightened the men conducting business there, who are labeled “Corporation Lawyer, Fake Promoter, Secret Rebater [hiding under the table], Lobbyist, Public Service Grafter, Public Exploiter, Hypocrite, Employed Perjurer, Speculating Trust Co, [and the] Yellow Dog Keeper”. Also shown are the “Yellow Dog” and several sheets of “Watered Stock”. Hanging on the wall is a sign that states “Dont Knock – Boost”.

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Summary: Illustration shows a large hand labeled “Protected Interests” with its thumb crushing the dome of the U.S. Capitol labeled “Congress” rocketing into the sky atop a pillar of fire with a devilish figure labeled “Cost of Living”.

Image Source → Library of Congress
Wiki-Info → Puck Magazine

The truth can be found
But it’s muffled by sounds
Which prick and then pound
Upon the illest of grounds

Look past the lies
Lost in deny
Architects of why
rEvolutionaries of try

All that I see — Not all that I believe
All that I perceive — Not all that I believe
With many words — Comes much deception
With fewer words — More honest reflection

I’ve seen the truth
Held by disguise
And looked past the lies
Lost in deny

In the silence of mornings night
Veils are pierced by the light
The state of denial
No inches — No mile
In the silence of a fleeing night
Veils will be torn by mornings light

May enlightenment guide you
Where darkness seeks to hide you
The truth can be found
But it’s muffled by sounds