Obey the Establishment: Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Art Message

Contrary to this description, however, Fairey's art not only imitates Soviet state-sponsored propaganda posters, but directly promotes a "monolithic institutional authority," supports "blind nationalism and war" currently waged against the Western world, and advocates the creation of a system that crushes "independent individuals who question the cultural paradigm." Fairey makes his ideology so obvious that Orwell's books with his designs on the covers begin to look like instruction manuals.

The cognitive dissonance between Shepard Fairey's ears must be deafening, but if one listens to it closely -- and maybe plays it backwards -- one may discern certain phrases like "America: the land where God saves and Satan invests in assault weapons and high-capacity magazines." That must be the artistic method which prompted Fairey to conjure up his latest anti-NRA poster.

For a self-styled dissenter, Fairey is awfully zealous in toeing the Party line. Anyone with at least a modicum of self-awareness would find this embarrassing -- but Fairey seems to be one of those "rebels" on the collectivist left who can say, with a straight face, "I'm a non-conformist because everyone else is."

Following the latest state-approved line of thinking, Fairey declares on his web page that he is

perplexed by the claim of much of the nation to have "Christian values." If God tells us to love our neighbor and not to take another human life, where do the assault weapons and piles of ammo fit into these "Christian values"? I personally think assault weapons fall more in the "Satan's values" category.

Whoever Fairey thinks he is channeling, it is not George Orwell, because Orwell advocated gun ownership and even left us this powerful quote:

That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.