There are many opposing forces in the world – up and down; on and off; black and white.
Two of the most significant opposing forces that affect us everyday are excellence and mediocrity. And all of us rely on excellence in our everyday lives whether we know it or not. We only fly on jetliners designed by the best engineers, and use computers fabricated by the most talented minds.
But mediocre people despise excellence. Because they are envious of excellence. And envy is the most powerful emotion of all.
For thousands of years, Western art – from the Ancient Greeks through the Renaissance and forward – represented transcendent excellence in beauty, discipline, order, proportion, composition, harmony and balance. But today, leftists have taken over art and destroyed it because socialism is an ideology of mediocrity that is envious of and that wishes to obliterate the Western triumph of excellence in art… and in everything else.
In what might be called World Art, today’s contemporary artists produce work that is intentionally ugly, undisciplined, anti-historical and of the lowest possible quality. In hip, avant-garde galleries from New York to Buenos Aires to Beijing, the World Art culture considers all art to be equal. And for that to be true in today’s politically-correct, multicultural world, no nation’s heritage is any better than any other, and all the world’s artists are equally talented.
Or rather equally un-talented, which is infinitely easier to achieve.
This is part of world socialism and the materialist global economy where World Art is reduced to a mere commodity like toys or furniture made by ordinary people and sold across international boundaries. Genuinely talented people need not apply because World Art is controlled by World Socialism which is dedicated to mediocrity, and which acts as a screen to anyone who is not properly politically disposed.
Yet who are the purchasers of today’s super-expensive art made by the bland artists of multicultural planet earth?
Rich people, that is who, wealthy patrons who pay enormous sums for bad art. Just thumb through any elite art magazine and you will see awful paintings sold to rich collectors or wealthy institutions like art museums and corporations.
Yet what is the political persuasion of virtually all producers of World Art?
They are all hard-core, unrepentant, anti-American leftists who claim that they reject capitalism, materialism and wealth, but who in fact love money more than any other people in history.
And where did the descent of art into pure mediocrity and commercialism start?
With the publication of the Communist Manifesto in 1848, that is where.
Because this manifesto said that the world was upside down, that beauty and prosperity and faith did not matter, that Western culture was corrupt, and that we should moor our culture to the musings of a derelict European named Karl Marx. And the result has been starvation, mass murder and social destruction.
And by following the Manifesto, today’s artists have decided that beauty no longer matters, that art can be anything that they decide. There is no longer a discerning class that vets art. It now is vetted by a philistine culture of political pontificators. And that is why we have the World Art that we have today. Because it rejects any kind of standard, excellence, artistic discipline or history and separates itself from the great traditions of Western art.
Under this new regime, art that reflects beauty and quality – excellence – has been replaced by art of no talent whatsoever – by mediocrity. These mediocre artists had been rejected from art schools for thousands of years and now they are getting their revenge. Picasso is the sterling example. He was a committed communist, by the way. As if we couldn’t expect that…
And the mediocre leftists manipulating World Art to their own ends are dong that to make themselves seem important and, more crucially, to make themselves rich… Because leftists love money more than any other people in history, including capitalists.
Now not only are leftist using the arts to promote an anti-Western agenda and to enrich themselves, but are manipulating art itself to promote that agenda. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) now is even planning on using taxpayer money to promote the Obama agenda.
Recently conservative commentator Glenn Beck revealed that a conference phone call on August 10, 2009 from NEA was surreptitiously recorded by one artist who found himself uncomfortable with the nature of the discussion.
It started with an e-mail:
“This Monday, there is a conference call for arts-oriented marketers and producers to discuss the President’s United We Serve initiative that I thought you might like to participate in. A call has come in to our generation. A call from the top. A call from a house that is White. A call that we must answer. Please join these people… as we heed the president’s call to action this summer — United We Serve.” (end of excerpt)
A reminder e-mail said:
“With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together and help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda — health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education and community renewal.”
… “It is time for us as a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, tastemakers, leaders or just plain cool people, to join together and work together to promote a more civilly-engaged America and celebrate how the arts can be used for a positive change. No one knows our communities better than we do. No one can inspire as much as we can. We have a unique role to play in making service accessible and fun to those who are not accustomed to volunteering. We know that engaging all Americans in service means we must expand the idea of service.”
… “Already you are helping us to reframe the image of volunteerism.”
… “The United We Serve team, in collaboration with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the National Endowment for the Arts is hosting a conference call.”
Now here is an excerpt from that call from Yosi Sergeant of NEA:
“…We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally; we’re still trying to figure out the laws of putting government Web sites on Facebook and the use of Twitter.
The ‘whistleblower’ who recorded this call is a filmmaker and art consultant named Pat Courrielche, who told Beck:
“…We were told several times throughout the conference call that we were selected for a reason, that these are the people that helped Obama come into the office. They used the “Hope” poster and the Will.i.am song as specific examples of how this group played a role in getting this man elected.
“So to me, I’m like — I’m seeing this hand-picked group and I’m seeing them talk about — wanting to talk about specific issues at a time that these specific issues being vehemently debated.
“And it just didn’t seem right to me. The National Endowment for the Arts is called the National Endowment for the Arts, not to use the arts. And it is very subtle distinction, but it’s a very potent distinction.
The call included… “… gallery owners, venue owners, musicians, poets, actors, all walks of life from the quote-unquote, ‘independent art community,’…” (end of excerpt)
Beck then said in quoting from another part of the call:
“…The goal of this phone call through this group — we can create stronger community amongst ourselves to get involved in things we are passionate about as we did in the campaign, but to continue to get involved to these things to support the president, but to do things that we are passionate about but also to push the president and to push his administration.’ (end of excerpt)
Sergeant at NEA also said in the call:
‘I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment. There’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service. Then my ask would be to apply your artistic, creativity community’s utilities and bring them to the table. Again, I’m really, really honored to be working with you.
‘… Take photos. Take video. Post it on your blogs. Get the word out. Like I said, this is a community that knows how to make a stink. Do it. Do it within your town. Do it nationally. Call on other producers, marketers, publicists, art — you know — artists, people from within our community and get them engaged.” (end of excerpt)
This is such disturbing material that exposes the artistic left for who they really are – political hacks more interested in promoting an agenda and making themselves rich than in promoting any of the historical ideals of art as we have come to know its triumph throughout history.
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