What is the Significance of the Centrist Independent Voter’s (CIVPAC’s) Logo: “The Sleep of Reason”?

The CIVPAC logo is from a print created by Francisco Goya (1746-1828). The inscription on the stone translates as: “The Sleep of Reason brings forth monsters.”

“The watchful lynx and ominous bats and owls that swarm around the sleeping artist are symbols of ignorance and evil,” according to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They add: the print provides “a warning of what happens in the world when reason is absent.” Goya was a major figure during the Enlightenment and believed that man’s salvation lay in reason and creativity.

As mentioned earlier in the Blog, the Political Philosophy of CIVPAC most closely aligns with Classical Liberalism, which was itself an outgrowth of the Enlightenment era. The CIVPAC logo brings together all of these themes: Classical Liberalism, Reason and Creativity.

It is my hope that CIVPAC, and other centrist organizations, can, through the power of reason and creative energy, create an American political environment in which Reason Awakes to tame the demons that currently haunt us.

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