Archive for May, 2015

POST-MODERNISM:
OUR FOE, OUR NEMESIS,
THE SLAYER OF OUR MUSE,
THE GOUGER OF PICTORIAL EYES

Good Lord (Great God), Give Our Hog-Bristle Brush the Strength & Courage to Paint the Enemy into a Corner & Out the Door

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On almost every page, of this and our companion site, we’ve been quite critical of Modernism: both its worldview and its expression in Art.  And rightly so. Some have taken issue with that; not by crossing swords against our stance, our observations, our hard-hearted reasoning, but by welding an exasperated astonishment: “How can anyone not be Modern?”

What’s exasperating, really, is their refusal to sit down for an honest chat. Over beer & coffee, we’d be happy to tell why we hauled Modernism out back as we gave it a whack or two here & there. Big deal!

The Great Modern Project is (in truth) what makes us Westerners; though it’s not been much of an Age of Reason Modernism has a bit to go before its course is run; and  if it would stop being misdirected by the bastardy of our day, still much to offer.

Modernism has always been adolescent in its look-about, always in need of having its ears tweaked and its neck scrubbed. Glad to do our part: take Past Masters & Times as  pumice soap to the dirt its magnate flesh picked up rolling and wallowing in byways and misdirection. Modernism’s first gasp into history was so giddy, so full of itself, it needed our stepping in.

Gave it all we had, though it didn’t much appreciate the guiding hand. Modernism bypassed the threshold into adulthood: went traipsing down the thorny, stony path – like so many bleating lambs and yipping pups – into Post-Modernism’s (moral, political, philosophical, aesthetic, pictorial) slaughterhouse.

(Sets one thinking: even before Modernism was weaned as a pup – let’s say in 1910 – or had its first lamb-chop butchering, had it already packed its bag for the apocalypse?)

Yet, anyway, mind well. Modernism is not (is never) our philosophical or pictorial nemesis or foe. Have never said that!

That tag we gladly pin on where it belongs – Post-Modernism.

As a worldview or as a squatter occupying the Arts, Post-Modernism is our arch-enemy. Make no drown dead bones about that! Open a couple of the links below to get the point.

In fact – the boots-on-the-ground truth is – we’ll take to the trenches to defend Modernism against the plundering Post-Modernism ravages against it. Do it, even as we must admit we’re rescuing our foe’s battered wayward parent; for Modernism, in a careless, thoughtless moment of pride, had sired this philosophical and pictorial bastard upon the body of a whore not of its making.

Well, there it is!

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LINKS & RESOURCES

POST-MODERNISM WRECKING OF THE ART

With no Little Assist from it’s Parent, Modernism)

We Live in a Progressive Left-Liberal Insane Asylum

(Gates of Vienna)

Paul Weston discusses the endemic and deeply-entrenched genocidal racism of the Socialist Left:Paul Weston is a British-based writer who focuses on the damage done to Western Civilization by the hard left’s ongoing cultural revolution, which seeks to destroy the Christian, capitalist and racial base of the West. He is the leader of Liberty GB, his website may be found here, and his political Facebook page here. For links to his previous essays, see the Paul Weston Archive

  • Postmodernism is Dead, Edward Dox (Prospect)
  • “Farwell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism”, Robert Jenson (First Things) Review of book of same title by T.J. Clark.
  • Why You Pretend to Like Modern Art, David Goldman/Spengler (Asia Times Online)
  • The Tyranny of Artistic Modernism, Mark A. Signorelli & Nikos A. Salingaros (New English Review)
  • Appetite for Destruction, Michael Knox Beran (City Journal)
  • Radical Un-Chic, James Panero (The New Criterion)
  • The Fate of Modernism, Ruth Berenson (National Review)

by James Seaton

An absolutely devasting book – against Post-Modernism. Praise the Lord, Glory be!

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POST-MODERNISM

  • “The Devil in History”, Jamie Glazov (FrontPage).  Scholar Vladimir Tismaneanu sheds light on communism, fascism, and some lessons of the Twentieth Century.
  • “Political Extremism, Left and Right“, Bruce Riggs (American Thinker).  The radical Left’s denial of human nature.
  • “The Source of Our Moral Decay?“, Paul Shlichta (American Thinker).  “If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
  • “Slouching To Despotism”,Fergus Downie (New English Review)
  • “Liberalism’s Willing Executioners, Paul Kengor (American Thinker) Liberalism is not Nazism — but there are family resemblances.
  • “Professors of Anti-Fascism, Paul Austin Murphy (American Thinker) ‘Anti-fascism’ has developed into a lucrative industry — and on an international scale.
  • “Leftus Ignoramus“, Bruce Walker (American Thinker)  Leftists seem to harbor a profound ignorance of geography, history, and other hard facts which anyone involved in politics ought to know. How exactly do they get away with it?
  • “The Consequences of Liberalism, Christopher Chantrill (American Thinker)
  • “Lethal Pandering”, Deborah C. Tyler (American Thinker)  The American Psychiatric Association continues to issue reports and studies that bolster social pathologies.

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PROGRESSIVISM

[From the Soft Brain of William James, or the Hard Heart of Nietzsche, Progressivism is the Nursemaid of Post-Modernism]

Progressivism is not inevitable, as this case study clearly shows;

HERE

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A COUPLE OF EVERYDAY PROGRESSIVES

Extermination or Sterilization? The Gulag or Eugenics?

(Gates of Vienna)

Margaret Sanger, the great saint of Progressivism and admirer of Herr Hitler. Ms. Sanger, in fact, was even harsher in some of her views that Der Führer:

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Obama Surrenders to the Castos & the Demonic Ghost of Che
OBAMA GOING HOG-WILD OVER MARXIST CUBA

[And Everyone Else Whose Going to Fleece the People. No Liberty Here. No Consequences for Those Who Ruined Her!]

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Lloyd Billingsley (FrontPage) Where those who seek actual knowledge about Cuba can find it.
Paul Kengor (American Thinker
Why is the once viciously “homophobic” Cuba suddenly embracing the gay agenda? A bit different, but it should be read. The logic is faultless.
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POPE FRANCIS (THE VATICAN) AND CUBA
Don’t Quite Get this Man
(via American Thinker)
Pray God, let’s hope not!

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  MULTICULTURALISM THE RELIGION
(THE CULT OF DIVERSITY)
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On Multiculturalism

James Schall (The Catholic Thing)  

The Multiculturalist Cult

Thomas Sowell (FrontPage)

Multiculturalism, R.I.P

Roger Scruton (American Spectator)

Institutionalizing our demise: America vs. multiculturalism

Roger Kimball (The New Criterion)

The Multiculti Tango

David Solway (FrontPage)

The Origins of Postmodernities

David Solway (Pajamas Media)

The Ark and the Titanic

David Solway (PJ Media)

The Multicultural Delusion

Tom Bethell (American Spectator).

The Arab Revolt buries the silly notion.

Multiculturalism Hits the Wall

J.R. Dunn (American Thinker)

Diversity Inc.’s Problems

Victor Davis Hanson (NRO)

Deciding who to privilege is harder than ever.

Obsessing Over the ‘Other’

Bruce Bawer (FrontPage)

The left’s preoccupation with a bogus dichotomy.

“The Poison of Multiculturalism”

Bruce Bawer (FrontPage)

An Anatomy of Surrender

Bruce Bawer (City Journal)

  Motivated by fear and multi-culturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia.

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LOOK AT THIS. THIS IS THE FRUIT OF MULTICULTURALISM.

 Disgraceful Treatment of Decorated Marine Major Jason Brezler

(Hannity)

U.S. soldiers ordered to ignore Afghan allies’ abuse of boys

What are we in Afghanistan for, if not to stand for our own values and the principles of human rights? Instead, U.S. officials are aiding and abetting the destruction of these boys’ lives — and in the case of Lance Corporal Buckley, sacrificing our own troops. This is beyond shameful. “Those are the ones brought […]

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FROM GERMANY. INTERESTING. IT APPLIES.

Tolerant, Really Tolerant, Totalitarian

(Gates of Vienna)

The following op-ed from Junge Freiheit discusses the increasingly totalitarian nature of German social and political culture, all in the name of promoting “tolerance”. Everyone may speak freely, provided they reinforce the Narrative!

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  • BOOK:  Against Inclusiveness: How the Diversity Regime is Flattening America and the West and What to Do About It by James Kalb
    • Fighting the Homogenous Regime of Dull Diversity, Jerry Salyer (Catholic World Review)“[O]ne cannot abstract from the historical situation of the nation or attack the cultural identity of the people. Consequently, one cannot passively accept, still less actively support, groups which by force or by the manipulation of public opinion take over the State apparatus and unjustly impose on the collectivity an imported ideology contrary to the culture.
  • BOOK:  Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt by Paul Gottfried
  • BOOK: The Intolerance of Liberal Intolerance by D.A. Carson
    • “The Intolerance of Liberal Toleration” James Kalb (Crisis).  D. A. Carson, a well-known Reformed theologian and exegete, has written a clear and well-reasoned analysis of today’s imperialistic tolerance from an Evangelical and classically liberal standpoint. He tells us that the new understanding of tolerance has meant a shift.

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ISLAM & MULTICULTURALISM
BOTH ARE TOTALITARIAN RELIGIONS

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EDWARD SAID

The Perfect Horrible Example of Multiculturalism gone Mad & Wild. This fellow had muddle much up.  Much referenced and reverenced in Academia, yet, still, a little stinker who created much intellectual and moral mischief!

He’s long gone, but this is the man wh0 must be defeated.

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