Republican Automatons: George Grosz

George Grosz painted this 1920, in reaction to the establishment of the Weimar Republic, after the failed Spartacist uprising.  He emigrated to America in 1933.  Although a Communist in Germany, Grosz adapted very nicely, thank you very much, to the land of free enterprise.  Unfortunately, freed from the threat of living under a dictatorship, he gave up caricature and became a much more conventional painter.

This painting has a resonance for me in these troubled times.  Modern Republicans/Teabaggers may not have lost their limbs, but they seem to have freely given up empathy, compassion, rationality and basic economic literacy.  Ending up as ideologically driven automatons.

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