On the fiftieth anniversary of the Cultural Revolution: It is no surprise that the today’s Party Capitalists remain silent about the crimes of their Party Communist predecessors, one of the dumbest, barbaric, ideology-driven political programs in world history.
As much as Mr Rubio was unqualified for the Presidency and would have been dangerous if in close range of the nuclear button, his Twitter retort to journalists who launder innuendo through “unnamed sources” is well played.
Celebrity feminism is the only feminism that is functioning effectively.
On Venezuela: Fossil fuel dependent revolutions are inevitably short-lived.
As Immanuel Kant noted in 1763, the French have a feeling for the beautiful. But that’s not the whole story.
Aristocrats and intellectuals were not “purged” during the French Revolution (many sided with the Revolution). The post Napoleonic Restoration brought such groups back into positions of influence. But Napoleon himself was keenly interested in the arts and the major Academies were reorganized under his munificent care. Modern art (“autonomous art” as per T. W. Adorno) emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century via a rejection of “academy art.”
What occurred in post-revolutionary Russia and China, the emergence of various politicized aesthetics, was aggressive hyper-Philistinism combined with an ugly streak of raging Puritanism.