The Ace of Spades HQ Mid-Morning Art Thread is Fighting the Culture War

 

Art is for Morons at AoSHQ 

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Long before a certain drunken would-be tyrant segregated huge segments of Americans into a basket of Deplorables, some brave souls had already self-identified as a Moron Horde.

This endearment refers to the proud followers of the mighty  Ace of Spades HQ blog.  It’s a site I visit multiple times daily, eager for the latest sardonic commentary on the news of the day. The humor there is biting, the wit caustic, the tone irreverent. Ace is a nice counterbalance for all the serious yet prim hot takes offered throughout so many other sites of the conservative blogosphere. Because despite it’s studiously immature style, the analysis on Ace is sharp and illuminating. Its consistent disrespect towards pretentious elites is a fine old American tradition, and is especially needed these days, as we enter a new phase of the existential struggle for the future of this nation.

As an artist, a regular feature of Ace caught my attention. It’s called the Mid-Morning Art Thread. Usually on weekday mornings, after an effective aggregate of the daily news arranged by moderator J.J. Sefton, another moderator, CBD, posts an image of a work of art to start a new thread. (CBD stands for “Charlie Brown’s Dildo.” That’s a mental image I work very hard to resist.)

A great range of works have been displayed, from Old Masters to art of this century, and everything in between. Occasionally a contributor named Kris will add some intelligent art historical analysis of the piece. The self proclaimed Morons are free then to comment, though it is requested the first 100 comments stay on the art topic at hand. Once a new thread gets started later in the day, comments are closed for the Art thread, so time is short. Being Ace, the commentators don’t hold back.

The art works offered up inspire snap judgments, a whole range of reactions: praise, abuse, informed anecdotes, puns, limericks, lewdness, inside jokes and pop culture references all appear in rapid fire succession. It’s endlessly entertaining. But I feel there’s something important happening here, mixed in with the calls for “more bewbs” and warnings about where snipers might be concealed in the artistic scenery.

I’ve written before about how the Postmodern establishment is working hard to exterminate the experience of real art from our culture. They believe, correctly, that losing art will undermine our society, and make us easier to control. They have been hugely successful.

For example: Quick, name your favorite living American artist.

If you are like most people I’ve met from outside the art bubble, you can’t do it. You don’t have one. Elitist mismanagement has marginalized the arts in the West, and caused a crisis of relevance. We have not lost art, it has been stolen from us.

Part of this theft is to cut us off from our artistic heritage, the art of more creatively accomplished ages not degraded by the Postmodern disease. Per the latest corrupt Ivy League agenda, the soaring achievements of the past are now nothing but grist for the grievance mill, yet another field to be choked out by Wokeness.

Another part of the stealing of art has been accomplished by over-intellectualizing it. The assumptions of academia have indoctrinated us all into the “correct” ways to think about art. This pedantic approach is used as a weapon to convince people art is not for them, just because they don’t “get” the pieces of politicized crap our cultural institutions have inflicted on us as surrogates for real art.

The Mid-Morning Art Thread is a remedy to that totalitarian snobbery. It gives us a straightforward presentation of our legacy, offered up freely to the public for their insights, appreciation or rejection, no Yale stamp of approval needed.

People don’t need to “get” real art; you experience it. It’s a visceral reaction, open to everyone. Honestly it’s probably impossible to put into words just why it makes you feel the way you do, but you know it when you see it. The more you see of it, the richer your life becomes.

The elites want you to live in spiritual poverty. By consistently putting artworks in front of an audience that might not have realized how art is vital to their human development, the Ace Mid-Morning Art Thread is creating wealth beyond measure. These sarcastic Moron pundits are doing their part to carry on the glory of Western Civilization, at the same time our ruling classes are doing their worst to try to bring it down.

As I state in my book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization: 

Postmodernism has been a Trojan horse for the same old power games that have kept humanity at bay for eons. Postmodernism is a betrayal of America’s ideals and accomplishments; Postmodernism has caused much damage acting treacherously from inside our own cultural institutions.

The elites had a great vision for America. They would wreck our culture and trash our heritage, and be the managers over our decline. They’ve been implementing their program for at least 100 years. However, in their long march through the institutions, they overlooked part of what makes America unique. We aren’t compelled to follow our “leaders.” We definitely aren’t going to follow them off a cliff.

Many compare the United States to earlier empires that declined and fell. The familiar pattern is happening here and now. Elitist mismanagement and ennui is encouraging social breakdowns. History demonstrates it’s only a matter of time until the barbarians overrun their dominion. The existing society will be overthrown by primitives from outside the complex system of assumptions and niceties cherished by the ruling class.

The great news is, here in the United States, we are our own barbarians. Understand the current upper echelons are predominately not representative of the American way of life. They’ve been compromised by Postmodern delusions about their own omnipotence, and it’s ruined them. They should have studied Classical literature. It clearly warns about the perils of hubris.

To these upper crust pretenders, nothing is more backwards and uncivilized than their own fellow citizens, who cling to such notions as God, guns, and honor. Yet these traditional Americans are exactly the people who are best positioned to put an end to the current elitist shenanigans for good. Far from not understanding their Postmodern poses, we understand them all too well.

It will be traditional Americans who rise up to clear away the rubble of the establishment’s failures and decadence. America has an amazing record of achievement, when we put our values into action. We have the wisdom which Postmodernists thought they were too smart to need.

America isn’t dying. It’s the artificially imposed Postmodern worldview which is disintegrating. Remodern Americans will carry on, better than ever.

 

 

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COMMENTARY: The Art World’s Disgraceful Double Standards

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“As artists, as writers, as thinkers, as Americans, as people who love freedom, and the entire West, we need to hit back. Not with violence, with the truth, with our art, with our writing. Once free speech goes, it’s over.”

-Bosch Fawstin, winner

I’ve written before on the distinction between fine art and propaganda. Long story short, art is a poor advocate for policy goals.

But one thing art is much better at is revealing the values and principles of the society that creates it.

Last week in Garland, Texas, there was an attempted mass murder at an art exhibit. “Draw Mohammed,” a display of cartoons, was the subject of a terrorist attack right here in America. Fortunately the gunmen were killed before carrying out their planned massacre.

You’d think such a significant event would be the subject of intense coverage in the media. However, any follow up reporting on what the jihadi group ISIS promises is the first of many attacks in the United States seems to have disappeared from the homepages of news organizations. It’s almost as if they don’t want to report what is actually happening. As if by ignoring it, it will go away.

When reality conflicts with the elite’s preconceived Narrative,  they will cling to the Narrative every time, and rely on their media mouthpieces to disseminate supporting disinformation. Right now the Narrative demands “nothing to see here, move along, all is well.”

Sadly, the establishment art world also acts as willing accomplices in this deception, acting in denial of the challenges our culture faces.

The masterful blogger Ace of Spades summed up the contradictory doublethink currently being simultaneously hyped by our cultural elites:

1. To speak of Islamist violence, or to suggest there is a problem in Islam, is racist, and hateful, and irrational, and “islamophobic.”

2. It is so predictable that Islamists will kill you if you say something “anti-Islamic” that victims of murder attempts can be said to have brought their attacks on themselves.

Various establishment figures have lined up to denounce those who would dare express an opinion that differs from the dogmas of the political class. There’s been lots of variations on “I believe in free speech, but…” This hypocrisy is given a veneer of respectability by claiming how out-of-bounds religion is as subject of criticism.

It’s funny. In the art world there seems to be one religion that is an acceptable target for boundary transgressing free speechifying.

It’s always OK to attack Christianity-in fact, it leads to fame, fortune and institutional support!

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Max Ernst “The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child before Three Witnesses: Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, and the Painter” An early Dada effort to shock the bourgeoisie

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Andres Serrano “Piss Christ”  There goes your taxpayer funding

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Chris Ofili “The Holy Virgin Mary” rendered with porn and elephant dung

Maurizio CATTELAN    La Nona Ora    1999Maurizio Cattelan “The Ninth Hour” A knee slapper for the art elites


So what is going on here? On religion, why does the institutional art world get so aggressive in some cases, and goes full fetal capitulation in others?

Some of it is fear, a grudging unspoken admission of the dangers radical Islam does actually pose to civilization by being willing to use violence to further its goals.

To reward a behavior is to get more of it. So the implication is to get the respect of the art world, there must be threats and destruction.

In 2011 a print of “Piss Christ” was destroyed by Christian protestors in France.

To all the finger pointers and apologists for the attempted “Draw Mohammed” slaughter, this would have to be an acceptable response, right?

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So is this what it takes?

Another factor in the art world dhimmitude is sympathy for anti-western values. The establishment has been encouraging restrictions on free expression for quite awhile now, using political correctness to stifle criticism of their agenda. The Orwellian attempts to control language have reached new heights lately with trigger warnings and speech codes.

Supporters of the elites always assumed their repressions were intended to bring about a smug secular society of docile drones.

Instead, into the vacuum they’ve forced into the heart of our culture there comes rushing a bloodthirsty creed of conquest straight out of the middle ages, coming to kill gays, oppress women, and enforce a state religion on everyone. Our so-called pragmatic leaders are behaving as if they were powerless against this onslaught.

By the way, some of these same  leaders and their oligarch masters wouldn’t mind ruling over a conquered, Islamified populace. They believe their wealth and power would grant them immunity from the demands of Muslim culture, while the people would be more subservient under the control of ruthless radicals.

But most damning in all this are those who are willing to stifle free speech just to fit in. There is a big element of snobbery at play here, as there always is in the tiny game of thrones the commercialized contemporary art world plays at.

The weak sister art world knows there’s lots of money and status to be gained for even junior members of the greedy power cult that dominates our government, media, and academia. So the art world conforms.

Yet again Ace summarizes nicely:

This is about class. This is all about class.

This is about, specifically, the careerist, cowardly, go-along-to-get-along mores of the Upper Middle Class, the class of people whose parents were all college educated, and of course are college educated themselves; the class that dominates our thought-transmitting institutions (because non-college educated people are more or less shut out of this industry).

It is a class which is deathly afraid of social stigma, and lives in class-based fear being grouped with the wrong people, and which is more interested in Career, quite frankly, than in the actual tradecraft of that Career, which is clarity of thought and clarity of expression.

Thus, our institutions of thought propagation are dominated by the very people who can be easily cowed by the Social Justice Warriors, and who will, therefore, adjust their speech in order to not run afoul of the thoughtless — and frequently lunatic — thugs of the censorious left.

The very people we need to be most immune to the menaces of stigma, and the blandishments of career advancement, are, due to the absolute primacy of the Upper Middle Class imperative of advancing one’s career and avoiding scandal, stigma, and controversy, the very people most sensitive to such distortions.

Here are the simple facts of the matter, with no need of maligning Ms. Gellar:

Ms. Gellar believes, as almost all on the right claim to believe, that free speech should in fact be free, but that speech is not in fact free, due to the intolerable threats of a determined and lunatic religious minority set on imposing their alien laws of blasphemy against us.

Ms. Gellar acts, as almost all on the right claim that we should act, in defiance of benighted, medieval religious zealots who would forbid her from acting by threat of violence.

Ms. Gellar was, along with all her fellow confreres, the target of an actual assassination plot by heavily-armed jihadists determined to murder her and others present for daring to act like Americans while within the borders of the state formerly called America.

These are the facts. We need not add more to these facts simply to Signal our continuing loyalty to the Upper Middle Class consensus that keeps us employed and welcome at DC functions…

Americans, acting under the influence of America, were fucking shot at by crazed religious cultists seeking to impose a cancerous religious lunacy on America.

One does not “support” someone’s right to free speech by name-calling them and advertising how far one believes they fall outside the smug Upper Middle Class (leftist-dominated) Consensus.

One supports free speech by supporting those who speak freely.

I am so disgusted by how so many alleged thinkers seem to care more about social positioning than actual thought…

Are we here to talk about ideas and principles, or are we here to secure position and advantage?

A woman spoke.

Men with guns shot at her for speaking.

Do we really need to take an “on the one hand, on the other hand” approach here…

The current dominant class, the class that controls the political-media establishment, is this Upper Middle Class, leftism-inflected consensus, and until people can begin seeing this and seeing past it, and until they can begin making their first loyalty to Idea and Principle, which are universal and eternal, rather than Class and Cult, which are nothing but happenstance and ego, we will continue having an “opposition” which continues genuflecting to leftist conformity rather than standing up for ideas.

I believe that far too many ideas we have are non-ideas, things we’ve never actually thought through, but are simply Class Assumptions, and that we are all too afraid to go against our herd, our tribe, and start questioning some goddamned Class Assumptions.

So here we are, at a very dangerous moment, when those who should be speaking out most strongly for free speech are trying to make censorship acceptable, and even hip. As the mask slips off of more of these fuckers and they indulge their inner fascist, the more important it will be that they be rebuked for their betrayal of human potential.

Founding father Ben Franklin gets the final words:

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”