To: Liberty Wins
Aha! Good stuff, his resume should precede the list? Part of the problem with stuff like this is the enemy will try to discredit the source - looks like this guy has all his duckies in a row. I'll have to see if I can find a copy of his book.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
The original source material for #22 and #23 above can be found in ART OR ANARCHY, by Huntington Hartford, Doubleday, 1964. This is an amusing rant against abstract expressionism. The author quotes at length from a letter to Wheeler Williams, former president of the National Sculpture Society. The writer was said to be the secretary of a Communist cell who shared his/her notes from some very interesting meetings:
"Inspirational art must be discredited . . . insane, ugly, revolting art must be substituted.
"Art is the highest expression of national spirit and ideals; destroy art---you break down morals, speed internal disintegration, destroy faith in (your) own culture."
In 1932, Stalin directed the Communist Party apparatus in the U.S. to "cultivate the ugly, futuristic and aberrant in art, literature, the drama and music. Every sick-brained fanatic must be used, every talented artist must be discouraged. Control all juries of selection, but by a bare majority. Never shut out the regulars entirely. Give the prizes to the worst, most hideous and worthless paintings or sculpture in the show. Keep rational art out of all public exhibitions, allow only empty or distorted art to be shown in museums, dealers' exhibits. Eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.
"It is astonishing what we have been able to get away with. Even our most experienced experts directing operations can scarcely believe it. No good citizen wants to be the first to step up and protest! It is almost a shame to take advantage of these silly, cowardly people."
The author goes on for a few more paragraphs but you get the picture.
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