BOOKS-Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization

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REMODERN AMERICA: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization

Art reminds us of who we are, and shows what we can be. But these days the visual arts are undergoing a crisis of relevance. Art has been weaponized into an attack on the foundations of civilization itself, full of examples of irrelevance, carrion, excrement, pornography, and debris.  Instead of being reverenced as a communion for all, contemporary art is being treated as a wedge, a social signifier of elitist attitudes. In doing so, the New Aristocracy of the Well-Connected block access to powerful resources.

Our self-aggrandizing ruling class’s tawdry and nihilistic vision of life is being inflicted upon us all. They are trying to remake the world in their own rotten image. They 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. As a result, the mass audience has turned away. We’ve come to call this assault Postmodernism.

The elitists understood to maintain power, they had to undermine resistance. That’s why the top-down cultural forces have made Postmodernism so prevalent. Using mass media to communicate their sickening message, the establishment made dispiriting Postmodernism the terrain we all must navigate, the atmosphere we all must breathe, the environment we all must adapt to.

Postmodernism is now the consensus worldview of the ruling elite. It 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 dead. This is the beginning of the Remodern era.

Art is a more enduring and vital human experience than the power games of a greedy and fraudulent ruling class. The story of the 21st Century will be the dismantling of centralized power. As always, this course of history was prophesied by artists—those who are intuitively aware of the path unfolding ahead. Their works become maps so that others may find the way.

As Andrew Breitbart stated, “Politics is downstream from culture.” A ragtag group of UK artists fired the first shot against the abuses and ineptitude of the entrenched Postmodern establishment. What these artists initiated has spread across the world, in popular culture, the media, politics, gaining ever deeper significance and consequences. Enduring changes start in the arts.

Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization provides an historical overview of how art shapes society and politics. This book exposes how the contemporary art world is used as a tool of oppression. Most importantly, Remodern America provides the solution, and reveals how the power of art can be reclaimed as a force for liberty.

Remodernism is art of the people, by the people, for the people. Our freedom here in the United States should be producing the most moving and accomplished art in human history. America can be a world leader in culture, not just in military and industrial might. We, the people, deserve a better reflection of our character than the appalling mockery of the art favored by the elitists. So we, the people, are going to make it happen.

Remodernism is the recognition that Western civilization is still mighty. Remodernism knows we can still use our talents to create unprecedented growth. Remodernism is understanding our best days are still ahead of us, if we make the right choices, and do the needed work.

We will demonstrate this in art, to begin with. Imagine a new, decentralized creative class not invested in trashing our culture, but in celebrating it. What a choice to present to our citizens! Uplifting, honest artistry will change the tone of our entire society. Where we go one, we go all.

Renew the arts, and renew the civilization. Together, we can make art great again.


“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 it 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.”

-from The Remodern America Manifesto 


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17 thoughts on “BOOKS-Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization

  1. Courage, you will need it, for you challenge the very foundation of their strength. Go get em!

  2. I’ve been reading your writing for a while. Been looking forward to reading your book. For sometime I’ve realized that I was neither modern nor postmodern. In jest, I’ve, at times, described myself as a “pre-modern, post-Marxist.” I do think we are seeing the long final stages of decline of both modern capitalism and Marxism. From my perspective, the key problem is the question of human agency. I published my first book this fall, Circle of Impact: Taking Personal Initiative To Ignite Change. The core idea of the book is a reframing of what leadership is. I define it this way. “All leadership begins with personal initiative to create impact that makes a difference that matters.” In effect, we are all creators, whether we paint, design buildings or start a business. It is a creative activity. I look forward to reading your book. I’m ordering it as soon as I’m done here.

  3. “The story of the 21st Century will be the dismantling of centralized power.“

    I can’t think of any evidence for this. Are there any governments on earth which are smaller than they were ten years ago? Is Google’s power shrinking? Amazon’s? Big banks? Has Giant Faceless MegaCorp decided to break itself up into independent twenty employee segments?

    We have seen in the last couple decades the creation of a global surveillance state of intertwined governments and private businesses which not even the Stasi could have dreamed of in their wildest drug induced fantasies.

    We in the US have evolved from a nation of independent small business owners aka farmers and artisans, into a nation of employees trained to take orders. Our fundamental mindset has changed from that of owners into obedient order takers.

    I see no evidence whatsoever that anyone in either major American political party would even consider overturning the foundation of the modern regulatory state -Wickard vs Filburn (look it up)- much less return our government to only those activities authorized by the Constitution.

    The UN and leading politicians around the world are working openly to end national sovereignty, criminalize free speech including criticism of Islam and of immigration. Merkel may lose her office, but she has succeeded beyond the dreams of the mullahs in Islamizing Germany, and those people are not going to leave. Nor are those in France, Britain, Holland, Spain, or Italy.

    Islam is hardly a force for decentralization, nor is the wave of socialism sweeping Americans who have been taught to despise individualism, capitalism, and the bourgeoisie.

    Quite the contrary to decentralization: I think we are far more likely to see the complete politicization of economic activity coupled with a surveillance state like the world has never seen.

  4. It’s like we are watching the demise of the dinosaurs all over again. They were huge and powerful and are now extinct. It’s coming. Those who have eyes can see.

  5. Penrod, there are Two Global Forces ( operating. If you only think in institutional terms, yes, the world is becoming more centralized. But if you step back and look at what has transpired over the past decade, there are two phenomena that are significant indicators of change.

    One is that the function of centralized organizations is fragmenting. Their complexity is becoming unworkable. The fact that we know about the surveillance that companies and governments are doing is an indicator that they can’t keep secrets bottled-up. Joseph Tainter has an interesting video – – on the Collapse of Complex Societies. His simple point is that the collapse is a radical simplification of an overly complex system. This fragmentation is happening in every type of institution.

    The other force is decentralization driven by technology. Our smartphones are the game changer. It provides us with a way to build relationships that transcend national boundaries, ideologies and the traditional sources of power. My network is global, but it feels local. It is local because it is relationship based, not institution based. We care about each other, our families, our businesses and the communities where we live.

    This is why I don’t see centralization as a sustainable approach. The question of what follows is an open question.

  6. Richard,
    You are absolutely right about the extinction thing. On a side note check out Solzhenitsyn’s take on art and civilization.

  7. Wholeheartedly agree on reading Solzhenitsyn. I’d recommend reading The Oak and The Calf. In addition, I’d recommend Mario Vargas Llosa’s Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society, where he comments on George Steiner’s In Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture and T.S. Eliot’s Notes Towards the Definition of Culture.

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