Posts Tagged ‘corporations’

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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?

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Summary: Illustration shows Nelson W. Aldrich standing at the top of a human pyramid on a platform labeled “The Senator”, on the next level down John D. Rockefeller and a bloated man, typically identified with trusts, are sitting on bags of money on a platform labeled “The Big Interests”, below them are men with bags labeled “Graft” and “Dough Bag”, standing on a platform labeled “The Bosses”, beneath them comes a larger group of men standing on a platform labeled “The State Legislature”, and finally at the bottom is a group on a platform labeled “The People, who are being crushed by the weight of those above them.


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Summary: Illustration shows a large vulture labeled “Corporate Vulture”, wearing a cap usually associated with John D. Rockefeller, feeding a bag of “Dough” to a chick labeled “‘Our’ Senators”, two other chicks are labeled “‘Our’ Legislatures” and “‘Our’ Judges”; their nest is made of money.


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Summary: Illustration shows on the left a cartoon drawn by L.M. Glackens that shows “The Trusts” as bloated, clownish figures that frighten “The Common People”, and on the right, a large gorilla-like monster with human head, holding Liberty in one arm and a large coin in the other, as it topples the dome on the U.S. Capitol with one foot.

Caption: For years the Trust has been pictured as this, – and laughed at. Why not know Him for what He really is – a Brute with brains?

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Summary: Illustration showing two men, “Prof. Scarem” presenting his latest findings on microbes to a crowd of frightened onlookers, and “Dr. Fakem” selling the latest protection against microbes to a crowd of eager consumers. “Scarem” and “Fakem” are a pair of quacks working together to take advantage of a gullible public.

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Summary: Illustration shows Uncle Sam as a sleeping Swiss guard of the “Public Funds”, being overtaken by trees and cobwebs, two dogs are also asleep at this feet. A building on the right labeled “Public Funds” is being overgrown by a tree labeled “Corruption” with spreading limbs labeled “National, State, [and] City”, a snake labeled “Lobbyism” hangs from the branches; rats flee with coins from its coffers. Two spiders labeled “Graft” and “Bossism” ply the webs, a tree on the left is labeled “Ring Rule”, and an alligator labeled “Greed” prowls the foreground among tree roots labeled “Dead Conscience”. In the background, a vulture labeled “Monoply” keeps an eye on a candlelight vigil by a person labeled “Dead Letter Laws” for a female figure labeled “Honesty”; the candle glows with “Hope”.

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