Christopher Cook here, co-founder of Liberatchik.
I myself am not a visual artist. Oh sure, I can draw mountains covered with a few lone pine trees. I can scribble out this or that. In the past, I did do music as an avocation, but visual art talent—strongly evident in both of my grandmothers—somehow skipped me. But I understand the power of visual arts. I know the power that a painting can have over me when I look at it. More importantly, though, I know the power that art movements can have.
In the early 20th century, the Futurists played a role in the rise of Mussolini and Italian Fascism. Socialist realism was yoked to the purposes of statism in Russia, and art was used for much the same purpose in Germany. Art movements have coalesced behind, and help fuel, political and social movements throughout modern history. Feminism. Opposition to war. Struggles for freedom in countries around the globe.
But what about freedom here?
For much of its history, the United States has been, unquestionably, a beacon of liberty. Our Founders created a system unique in human experience. A place where YOU matter most of all—not your name, not your background, but you as an individual. A government that operates with the consent of a free people—responsive to the will of the majority, yet protective of the rights of the individual and the minority. That freedom has brought unparalleled prosperity to millions, and hope to millions more across the globe.
But today, liberty is in jeopardy. Looking around, many would say that little has changed. We are still comparatively free. But those who understand what liberty is, and how fragile it is, know different. New assumptions about the proper role of government are replacing the old bedrock that once lay—seemingly so sound—beneath our feet. Liberty lost in an instant is obvious to all. When liberty is lost slowly, piece by piece, the slide is so gradual that people can miss it until it’s too late. We are on that slide now. We have been since the start of the 20th century. Slowly, it began, but now the pace has increased . . . and people are resisting.
Art MUST become a part of this resistance. It must fuel the resistance, and be fueled by it. Two years ago, I realized this, and I looked for artists who understood. I found Frances Byrd. Not only did she understand, but if this movement is fuel, then she is the spark. Together, we created Liberatchik.
And now, we have launched a new website and are ready to begin lighting the fires. Join us.
To liberty, always,
The painting is William Harris’ Self-Evident Hinge Joints of Liberty