The Design of Dissent

Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilić

So great is our knowledge, in the early years of the twenty-first century, of all that has come before us, so vast is our experience of both human success and also staggering, holocaustic failure, and so sophisticated is our understanding of how little we understand, how vaguely we understand, that a toxic cynicism pervades our spirit, shutting down our capacity for faith, for hope, for imagining change — and consequently shutting down our passion, our imagination. —Tony Kushner, from the Foreword

Mubarek poster in 2011
Anti-government protesters stamp on a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as they pose for a photo, outside the Egyptian Parliament in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. By Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP