On a non-political note, The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk has a nice collection worth visiting if you are ever in the area. They have a nice Bouguereau on display. You probably already knew that though if your an admirer.
Behind most examples of abstract art is a mentally unstable whack-a-doodle that is considered a “great artist” who should really be commited to a psych ward and will eventually end their life by their own hand.
Maybe they forgot about Prohibition? It doesnt take much looking to see the negative consequences of that. Not only did it not work, but it created a paradise for gangsters to grow rich and powerful. Fast forward 80 years and while smoking is not illegal, per se, many states are trying to tax it out of existence while simultaneously padding the tattered state coffers at the same time. Surprise its not quite working out the way they had planned. High cigarette locales are seeing their sin tax base actually decline as as much as 60% of the cigarettes sold in their states are illegal. Indeed, even in the face of such failure Chicago is planning on doubling down on its bad bet.
I find it interesting that any liberal argument for legalizing drugs is not done on an idealogical basis for freedom but as a vehicle for more taxes to fund their overbloated and jeopordized welfare state.
The Dada movement rejected logic and reason and embraced and promoted chaos and irrationality-—same as Socialism. Culture—particularly the Arts—was infiltrated by Marxist ideology to destroy the existing morality of the masses. Christianity had to be eliminated—No God allowed in socialism—particularly the most Rational and powerful religion ever “created” by man.
To destroy Western Civilization-—you have to eliminate Christianity which put its stamp on all of the Culture by infusing it with “Reason and Faith”-—and created The Age of Reason and the Renaissance.
You need to destroy Reason—and the idea of Truth (God) to destroy the “thinking” of people. How? You fill the heads of children with half-truths and lies and “emotional” cr*p so they can’t process information—or be “reasonable”. People CAN”T use Reason if their foundation is corrupted and sexualized. It is ALL emotional responses to *every* issue. With emotions—it is easy to control mobs-—the masses. Without Wisdom (intense study of history), there is no true understanding of anything. (Machiavelli stated this and was a history “nut”).
With principled (God-Fearing) individual “thinkers” inside groups—it is impossible to control them. They do NOT accept slavery.
Ayn Rand was not the only person to condemn Postmodernism (Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche) as throwing out Reason and Logic (Natural Law Theory) and replacing it with Lies (irrational) based on unnatural assumptions, like all human beings are interchangeable (radical egalitarianism).
(The Dialectical Materialism of Marx can be easily proven a “Big Lie”. Equality removes the quality which makes human beings “unique” —”different” which is the Christian claim....—Marxism removes the ability (freedom) to pursue excellence (Virtue).)
Same Bolshevik people—(funny how both movements were financed and created by atheist Jews)—and both movements were designed to demoralize and create chaos among the masses and destroy Christian Ethics— designed to control and influence the “thinking” of the next generation—to destroy Truth and Beauty and Excellence-—by promoting the Vulgar, Debased and Evil (same as Weimar Republic) which divides and destroy all relationships-—so that there is division—which makes it ripe for totalitarianism.
Destroy Virtue and there can be no Freedom-—no Civil Society-—known since Socrates. Since Socrates, it was always thought that the only reason for education was to habituate and teach “Virtue”. (Justice, Wisdom, Courage, Temperance were the Cardinal Virtues thought to be important to instill in the culture). Without this Virtue (Excellence), society would collapse. Jesus was the “Excellence” to aspire to which led to the greatest minds on earth and the greatest freedoms because it led to the greatest Virtue. Christian “culture” was the basis of great freedom and discoveries which can not exist in totalitarianism. Freedom is necessary for information and creativity.
Machiavelli stated that “Virtue” was particularly necessary in the military. Note how Virtue is no longer promoted like it was in Patton’s day. Now Vice is not only promoted, our military is required to “respect” the vile debasing behavior which eliminates Christian Ethics.
The Cultural Marxists are implementing their Hegelian dialectics in our classrooms to destroy the minds of our children-—since John Dewey (l930 and his Moral Relativism)-—led to the Sexual “Revolution” in the 60’s which is not over-——we are reaping its effect and its aim of totalitarianism.
All our institutions in the US have been taken over by Marxists. We need to get back the minds of our children-—and then, get back local control and orthodox Christian Ethics. Nothing else has proven “successful” in all of history.
Since all modern art (paintings, sculpture, film, literature) is crap, one must assume it serves as liberal “dog whistles” by which libs can identify their own . . . and possibly judge their value to the cause.