Rosie the Riveter, by Norman Rockwell
Snowed in behind 14.5 inches this holiday, I finally got a chance to watch It's a Wonderful Life (yeah, yeah, I know it's a traditional holiday classic). It is a masterpiece, with superb acting and a far deeper, darker story than its reputation suggests.
There's one scene in particular that's stuck with me. It's well known, rightly, and remains an eloquent defense of the working class:
Also a short, effective rebuttal to any Objectivist you may encounter
"this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community"
As I was thinking on this, word came that Geraldine Doyle, the cellist whose short factory stint inspired the iconic image Rosie the Riveter, had died at the age of 86.
The two are linked because Capra's masterwork and Rosie (Norman Rockwell too, while we're at it) represent a powerful strain of thought that's since faded.