Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)
Trelawny, Hunt, and Byron at The Funeral of Shelley, Louis Édouard Fournier, 1889
Jonah Hex #9, February 1978, cover by Berni Wrightson
Cynicism is the answer of the ruling culture to this kynical subversion: it recognizes, it takes into account, the particular interest behind the ideological universality, the distance between the ideological mask and the reality, but it still finds reasons to retain the mask. This cynicism is not a direct position of immorality, it is more like morality itself put in the service of immorality — the model of cynical wisdom is to conceive probity, integrity, as a supreme form of dishonesty, and morals as a supreme form of profligacy, the truth as the most effective form of a lie. This cynicism is therefore a kind of perverted ‘negation of the negation’ of the official ideology: confronted with illegal enrichment, with robbery, the cynical reaction consists in saying that legal enrichment is a lot more effective and, moreover, protected by the law. As Bertolt Brecht puts it in his Threepenny Opera: “what is the robbery of a bank compared to the founding of a new bank?”
—Zizek, Slavoj. The Sublime Object of Ideology (London; New York: Verso, 1989).
After The Gold Rush original photo w/ Graham Nash & anonymous elderly woman.