COMMENTARY: The Postmodern Establishment Wants to Exterminate the Experience of Art

Going Deep: An image from the Red Book of Carl Jung 

The war against the First Amendment has many fronts.  It’s become clear our right to freely express ourselves is being smothered by those who control the means of our communications. This stifling may have been subtle in the past, but no longer.

The New Aristocracy of the Well Connected, the class which dominates our government, media, tech  platforms, academia, and corporate boardrooms, are working in unison to suppress any Thoughtcrimes from spreading amongst the people. They can’t have any deplorable dregs of society dissenting from the totalitarian utopia being developed.

It has been become evident that the free flow of the Information Age has been stealthily blocked, filtered, and misrepresented to serve an agenda. The delusions being manufactured undermine our society; even our personal relationships are being soured.

However, “Empire follows art and not vice versa,”as the visionary artist William Blake noted. Enduring changes start in the arts. The signs that an unaccountable cabal was manipulating the culture into a state of uncomprehending submission  were evident in the antics of the establishment art world for at least the last century.

Many refer to any puzzling artwork as “Modern.” Modern art as a set of dominant ideas in the cultural elite also lasted about a century, but were pretty much wiped out by the 1960s. We as a culture entered a very different mindset, the clumsy power grab of Postmodernism. It’s the magical thinking of the ruling elites, who have decreed that they can alter reality with the sorcery of sophistry, and deny out of existence the eternal chains of cause and effect. The world has suffered greatly under this subversive hoax. Anything that could disrupt the systematic brainwashing of the populace was infiltrated and corrupted.

The arts were early casualty in the battle, targeted because true art is such a powerful threat to the elite’s influence and control. There has been no freedom of expression for decades in the establishment art world. It’s the personnel that matter. Only partisan fellow travelers get advancement and opportunities.

The cultural institutions have replaced art with artifice, an empty mimicry of the outer appearances and gestures of art, without partaking of any of its true substance and significance. Major museums try to conflate art with amusement park rides and political activism. Where once the ruling class subsidized creative geniuses like Michelangelo and Pablo Picasso, they now throw money at marketing hucksters like Jeff Koons,  propaganda shills like Banksy, and cynical nihilists like Damien Hirst.

These apparatchiks and others of their ilk can be counted on the enforce the status quo, and make the timeless human tradition of art seem off putting and banal. Postmodern art is a tool of oppression.

Jeff Koons: A Pile of Inadequacy  


Banksy: Know Your Place, Peasants 


Tanked: Damien Hirst

The Postmodern establishment wants to exterminate the experience of art. They would deny our society the inspiration to live up to ideals, the encouragement to think and feel deeply, the yearning to harmonize with truth and beauty. They want us to stay shallow and distracted. Anything not subservient to the all-powerful groupthink is a dangerous blow against obligatory conformity.

The elites hate genuine art because it is beyond their control. As the great analyst Carl Jung stated, “To the scientific mind, such phenomena as symbolic ideas are a nuisance because they can not be formulated in a way that is satisfactory to intellect and logic.” Elitist minds are far from scientific, but they love pseudo-intellectual grandstanding, so they reject manifestations of humanity’s spiritual core. It’s why progressives lash out so viciously at profound human experiences like art, but also at religion, patriotism and family kinship. These feelings cannot be tamed into the passive slavery that is supposed to be our lot in life. The arts have been marginalized by the establishment’s relentless efforts to drain the soul out of everything.

Real art stirs a sense of mystery that is beyond any reply. It is just experienced. Great artists manage to transmit their own unique experience of the mystery into a form which others can partake in. Concepts arising from our unconscious are infinitely more meaningful than the social engineering gambits we are being forced into. This disconnect causes discontent, and so, from on high, there has been an all out effort to remove the chance anyone could have their mind expanded from exposure to artistic achievement.

It is impossible to eliminate our fundamental human drives for long. They’ll come back, with all the glory and savagery of nature, because the human unconscious is itself a force of nature. Art will come back into right purpose and application, and provide vital assistance in freeing other areas of life. Across the globe, in various ways, we are shedding the baggage and burdens our cultural administrators tried to bury us in.

Postmodernism is now the consensus worldview of the ruling elite. But far from being an unassailable citadel, Postmodernism is also the reason their current hierarchy is weakened, and failing. Their would-be tool of domination is destroying them. They’ve been hollowed out by their own corrupt pretensions; their collapse is inevitable.

Postmodernism is already dead; we just need to put a stake in its heart, vampire style, to keep it from continuing to wander around, feeding off of the living. And what comes post-Postmodernism? It is the dawn of a new era: the Remodern age.

As I describe in my upcoming book, “Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization,” it’s time to get happy again, and look to the potentials of freedom:


“This is our moment in the mighty continuum of art and life. Real art knows no boundaries; it communicates across all times, across all cultures. Art is as much an aspect of our species as the opposable thumb, and just as prevalent. The art world can be as big as all of humankind, if we do if right. Remodernism accepts responsibility for the art of our times, conveying the wisdom of tradition into the opportunities of the future. Remodernism is love made visible.”

Carl Jung discussed the archetypes, models for the human experience that exist in our collective unconscious. One of the archetypes of the West is the Dragon Slayer. Postmodernism is just the latest version of the world serpent, the force in life that seeks chaos and destruction. Our own inner nature tells us we are destined to prevail against this threat, but only through bold action. Art is a Remodern weapon we can wield.

Carl Jung Understood the West: Our Monsters, Our Heroes 


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28 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: The Postmodern Establishment Wants to Exterminate the Experience of Art

  1. Like the old Soviet nomenclatura, today’s elites hide behind egalitarian talk to conceal their contempt for most people.

  2. When Crumb & I & Rick Griffin etc met in SF/Berkeley in 1968, the Art Establishment Dismissed our creativity, and we we called UNDERGROUND. Bob and I sold the first ZAP on Telegraph Avenue
    and Haight Street, 500 copies for 25 cents each. The next four years this Underground Movement
    grew to maybe 120. A few were brilliant women, eg Trina and Barbara Mendes.
    Please google Barbara’ name and her neglected gallery on Robinson Blvd LA. Barbara is an eccentric psychedelic Feminist/Orthodox Jew. Today not even the establishment JEWISH MUSEUM
    in SF will present her with a show. My wife Judy Hurley who lived in the Haight in the Sixties is a
    brilliant psychedelic painter whose work is neglected.
    So those in the Sixties Underground Art Movement appreciate your very scholarly examination
    of the Art Esablishment today.
    John & Judy, Carmel Calif

  3. By googling “John thompson psychedelic” one can sample some of my books & posters; also SECRET HISTORY OF CARMEL that includes bios of creative Carmelites that helped shape the legacy of this town of 4000

  4. Hi John & Judy, I greatly appreciate your comments. As a young punk in the 1980s, I discovered the Comix of the 1960s, and admired the freewheeling creativity of them. When I was in art school you all were hugely influential on my paintings. I am so honored to hear from one of the originators! I believe in art as a mighty continuum, and I hope I can pass on the sparks you fired in me to future generations. I will look forward to exploring the links you mentioned. Just know your brave and pioneering works have left their mark on the world, and made it a better and weirder place. Well done!

  5. Great art and great artists still exist. You just have to know where to find them. Deviantart is a great place to start. While there’s plenty of trash and porn, there’s also countless fantastic artists in every medium from around the world, and many of the best ones are well appreciated and financed from donations and prints.

  6. True, there are great artists working out there. They just don’t get institutional support, because they don’t fit the message of decay and decline the elites promote. We are working to challenge this corrupt control over our cultural expression.

  7. I don’t know that much about Banksy (I suspect our politics are different), but what he just did at that auction and the reaction of the people there was funny.

    Ps. I know that Banksy is some sort of street artist who’s made it big in a way, but that’s all I really know about him.

  8. Oh yeah, before I forget say hi to John and Judy. I was a “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” fan in the 60’s on the drag in Austin.

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