Greg Beato on How Graffiti Empowers Big Government

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According to the gallery owners, art book
publishers, art critics, advertising agency creatives, collectors,
American Studies graduate students, and all the other cultural
tastemakers who have helped position graffiti as a glamorous means
of grassroots resistance against the encroachments of the state and
its corporate overlords, graffiti is a liberating force that allows
individuals and communities to reclaim public space. But as Greg
Beato reports, the rise of graffiti has had another consequence: It
has given local governments a pretext to expand their coercive
powers.View this article.

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Greg Beato on How Graffiti Empowers Big Government


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