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I cannot be silent!
Maker: George Knowlton; Flats Workshop
Date Made: Date Unknown
Place Made: United States; Rhode Island, Kingston
Measurements: 56 cm x 44 cm; 22 1/16 in x 17 5/16 in
Main Subject: Human Rights; Racism
Materials: paper (fiber product)
"I cannot be silent!" In general, thanks to the activity of the government which has allowed killing as a means of obtaining its ends, all crimes, robbery, theft, lies, torture, and murder are now considered by miserable people who have been perverted by that example to be most natural deeds, proper to man. Yes! Terrible are the deeds themselves, the moral spiritual unseen evil they produce is incomparably more terrible. Leo Tolstoy Graphics By George Knowlton, Flats Workshop P.O. Box 13, Kingston, RI, 02881
Acquisition Number: 1996-001
The charcoal drawing of a person being lynched illustrates the brutal means and ends described by Tolstoy's piece criticizing the state. The author of the written piece on the poster is Leo Tolstoy. Leo Tolstoy was a 19th Century Russian novelist who contributed his ideas to literature, religion and politics. Tolstoy criticized the state by saying that it is dominated by the wicked and supported by force. Anarchy was the only real way for everyone to live together. Tolstoy also believed in nonviolence as a tool for facing oppression and directly influenced leaders such as Mohandas Ghandi. (Source: Wikipedia)
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