In 1981, Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) made 10 license cards, like the one pictured above. The cards came in a small manila envelope with a red stamp on the front. Each card comments on a different person or government agency that in some way limits or controls peoples’ freedoms through abuses of their power.
The cards are both humorous and very serious. They take aim at individuals like (deceased Senator) “Strom Thurmond’s National Security And Terrorism Committee” which offers a “License to Silence Dissent”—something Thurmond did on a regular basis as he attacked the National Endowment for the Arts, helping to neuter the agency and silence provocative, powerful, and dissenting art projects and performances.
See Selected Moments in the History of Economic Art for more on GAAG.