Tag Archives: Privilege

How the Rentier Economy Destroys Artistic Quality

Society is in denial. Flat out, head-in-the-sand denial. The consequence of our collective refusal to believe in the truth of the situation is a hollowing out of cultural life, a diminution of the ability to see the situation with undistorted … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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What Do You Stand For?

So many people are hypocrites. Politicians, for example, pretend to care about and represent the interests of the people that vote for them, but their real allegiance is always to those hat fund their party most handsomely. Their higher calling … Continue reading

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Behaving Badly

We all know the cliché; the “Enfant Terrible” – the out of control, rebel artist, gratuitously strafing his way through excess drugs, booze and sexual debauchery, yet somehow (miraculously) maintaining a consistent output of brilliant, original, groundbreaking work. They abuse … Continue reading

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To What End?

Guess what?  You can cheat, deceive, confuse, manipulate, conquer and control most of the people, most of the time.  There is abundant, credible, readily verifiable, hard, unarguable evidence that this has been done, many times.  It’s well within the realms … Continue reading

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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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In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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