This quote is attributed to Goering, the Nazi war criminal. I use it to start a discussion about a theory of mine. I think that one of the reasons art is so powerful, and hence so threatening to fascist regimes (where intellectuals and artists are the first to be rounded up), is because it reaches poeple in a way no other form of communication can. My theory is simply that what we respond to viscerally in photographs is processed on the right side of the brain, and as such transcends verbal or purely rational thought. Stieglitz developed an aesthetic called "equivalence" which meant that he desired to create in a photograph the "equivalent" of certain feelings or impressions. No words, no title, are involved - just the communication from the artist to the viewer, and utilizing only the non-verbal side of the brain. In this way, I think photography, and all art, is "subversive". This might go a long way to explaining the otherwise irrational response of law enforcement and such toward photographers setting up tripods. Something about people wanting to create pictures threatens the authorities. The bright side of this is that, through photography, I can actually SAY something from my non-verbal, intuitive (even spiritual) self to another human being, and they can understand it in their intuitive self -- no words exchanged. That is a very powerful and beautiful thing.