Frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill (London: Andrew Crooke, 1651)

Frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill (London: Andrew Crooke, 1651)

Look! An illustration in which the government is represented through a composite image of hundreds of faces which together are able to rule as one and wield a sword.

But… not ALL images of the executive can be read as composites. For example…

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s race is not a composite image of the nation’s “color blindness.”

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