Art Must Be Political

4 thoughts on “Art Must Be Political”

  1. On why we don’t have to worry about Sept 3rd coming around again, i recommend a lecture given by David Runciman on the Talking Politics podcast, maybe a month or so back now, the title is How Democracy Ends. He talks about how the fascist youth could be brain washed because of want, but youth now don’t want for the sake of survival. i am not explaining myself very well, best you listen to the lecture. David Runicman is pretty good.

    i don’t know how i feel about Jan 27th, part of me thinks detail is important to a lecturer, that they should be involved in research that it is vital. But then i wonder if it is a healthy way for anyone to exist & whether it is any better than any other mundane profession where you have to sift & input data. Then i realize i am reading Foucault again now & know what my true feelings probably are.

    Must say, never heard of this fella. He’s new to me.

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  2. Guehenno is one of my favorites, I posted more passages here, but the entire diary is gold:

    https://wordandsilence.com/2015/12/23/jean-guehenno-favorite-passages/

    I posted today in part because I think something like Sept 3 is happening. I’ll check out Runciman, I bet he’s right in specifics, but the endless streams of information left & right does seem to breed a kind of “giving themselves” mindlessly to whatever cause, rather than parsing information & being in the middle. The fascist model still holds, whether for college kids obsessed with identity politics or for wanting sanitized learning environments; or far right & Trump folk—it’s still easier to live & inspire with an extreme message, than a middle ground quiet one.

    Jan 27 hits my occasional anti-academic mode right in the heart. By all means research, but I’m not writing poems or essays to inspire research but experience. I saw a guy actually say that “for us today poetry is an artifact of language” that needed study; he was talking about Eliot’s Waste Land. I don’t think it’d have gone over well if he’d told Eliot that while he was writing it, amid a nervous breakdown, that the emotional or experiential quality of poetry was now secondary to the scholarly.

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  3. I’ve noticed over the years that the people who believe that good art (or for that matter, all art) must be political tend to accuse us dissenters of being “conservative,” by way of suggesting that we’re in cahoots with the wrong sorts of people. Yet do I marvel that I can think of many partisan, politicized artists and writers whose work has caused evil in the world, but I struggle to find much harm done by creative folks who’ve implored others to appreciate such uncommon notions as our shared humanity, the merits of thoughtfulness and reason, and the value of poetry as something other than a vehicle for ephemeral policy goals.

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