Tag Archives: Politics

The Idealist – A Social Pariah

One of the surest ways, in this world, to lose friends and fail to influence anybody, is to be an idealist.  Idealists are treated like lepers once were.  They’re socially excluded.  Nobody wants to engage in debate with them.  Their … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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The Political Views of Artists

This morning, on the BBC’s flagship Radio 4 “Today” programme, they have a guest editor – musician P.J. Harvey.  You can hear the presenters positively squirming in their seats.  Harvey has invited incisive commentators onto her programme and there are … Continue reading

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Art as Cold War Pawn

As sometimes happens to me, three well-written, but seemingly unconnected articles happened upon my inbox, in close succession, this week: Modern Art was CIA Weapon http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html The Curse of the Herd http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/making-humans/201301/the-curse-the-herd Why Embracing Change is the Key to Happiness … Continue reading

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Having It Their Own Way

You might have experienced this in kindergarten, or in an art class.  You’re all happily getting along and playing and then some person barges in and begins to want everything their own way.  They start bossing people around, shoving people … Continue reading

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The Money or Your Life

Does the world want artists, driven by their honesty, their preparedness to help humanity see differently and their fierce independence?  Noam Chomsky expressed it, rather bleakly, like this: “The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Your Power

Everybody acknowledges that there are people that are considered powerful.  We can probably name them.  They probably think of themselves as powerful, too.  As an artist, how do you escape the idea that you are powerless and that powerful people … Continue reading

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