“GREED ISN’T GOOD, IT’S FANTASTIC” – Painting by MIKOS at MIKOS ARTS FROM THE ” AFFIRMATION” GREED SERIES OF PAINTINGS.
I’ve gotten a lot of private comments from people misinterpreting the satirical “Greed isn’t good, it’s fantastic” painting. So here is a short response explaining what I was getting at in this piece .
The satirical painting “Greed isn’t good, it’s fantastic” is not about capitalism however it’s about the greed that can ruin a good functioning financial system based on capitalism. The type of greed that Gordon Gekko encouraged from the film Wall Street for instance. Where one individual or entity can buy up all it’s competition and either consolidate those acquisitions or even worse liquidate those companies essentially destroying jobs and the competition that it once severed in strengthening a fair market. I’ve had people tell me “well that’s a free market system”. I disagree. Yes we have a free economic system however just as American’s have freedom, they still have no right to drive their car on a sidewalk and run over fellow Americans. Even a free system whether it be for the people or the way businesses can conduct themselves have laws in which they must follow from day to day. People often mix capitalism and greed, which is a fallacy. Without capitalism we wouldn’t have most of the luxuries we indulge in daily whether it’s your iphone, films, computers or the hi tech automobiles etc that we all enjoy. Capitalism funds these ventures and those creations; it takes financial investments to make it happen. Greed stops free market competitiveness and drives invention and progress away. Without it we would all be living in a world that resembles a Yugo. Not good at all. So the painting “Greed isn’t good, it’s fantastic” is about the greed concept that was made famous by the character Gordon Gekko and still is prevalent today. I believe most individual’s in business dislike the greed approach knowing farewell that it might be profitable in the short term, however in the long term will have an extreme negative affect to a healthy capitalism driven economic system.
Here’s a list of the lines used in this painting.
- “GREED ISN’T GOOD, IT’S FANTASTIC”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME THE USA”
- “GREED BOUGHT MY YACHT”
- “GREED BOUGHT MY JET”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME PARIS”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME NEW YORK”
- “GREED BOUGHT MY PENTHOUSE”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME LONDON”
- “GREED BOUGHT MY MANSION”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME LA”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME PARIS”
- “GREED BOUGHT MY GREAT LIFE”
- “GREED BOUGHT MY BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WIFE”
- “GREED BOUGHT ME THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE”
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