May 11, 2009 2 Comments
With a death in the family a couple weeks ago, I found I couldn’t focus on words long enough to track a sentence from beginning to end, so I spent an afternoon in Photoshop. As a result, today’s Mises Daily probably got more visual attention than any other I’ve worked on:
I’ve never in my life been accused of anti-Semitism. I supposed it had to happen eventually:
Dear Mises Institute,
I’m no fan of Greenspan, but I’m just a little disturbed by the Darth Vader mashup on Mr. O’Connor’s article:
For those not understanding the history of the organization, the combination of “Ludwig von Mises Institute” with the organization being from Austria, displaying an image of a modern-day devil that happens to be, and look, quite Jewish, gives pause to anyone with even a faint memory of the 20th Century.
I’m not Jewish, I don’t like Greenspan, and no one would ever accuse me of being politically correct. I love a good Photoshop joke. This image, unfortunately, unless taken in a very, very big cultural vacuum (which would be decidedly unfortunate in this case), is not one of them.
Oddly this seems diametrically opposed to the politics of the Institute. Perhaps you should re-think the graphic art, and stick to the prose. Or, would that be censorship, and decidedly non-libertarian? I submit that self-censorship, exercised with compassion and restraint, is at the heart of a functional libertarian society.
Just my 2 cents. I’m sure you think it’s worth even less than that :)