'Behold! Human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open toward the light... here they have been since childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so they cannot move, and can only see before them. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.'
russell brand | msnbc | plato | the cave
"Two years ago I created a political party for animals."
"Golden cities, golden towns,
And long cars in long lines,
And great big signs,
And they all say: hallelujah, yodelayheehoo,
every man for himself..."
Laurie Anderson, 'Big Science', 1982
laurie anderson | milton friedman | ronald reagan | margaret thatcher | golden cities | golden towns
"Self-esteem is sacrosanct, and so we labour to turn arts education into a system in which no one can fail. In the same spirit, tennis could be shorn of its elitist overtones: you just get rid of the net."
robert hughes | self-esteem | arts education
"The abstract thinker, to whom the question of practical morality is indifferent, has always loved dancing, as naturally as the moralist has hated it."
james white and the blacks | arthur symons | nietzsche | disco
History is the subject of a structure whose site is not homogenous, empty time, but time filled by the presence of the now. [Jetztzeit]. Thus, to Robespierre ancient Rome was a past charged with the time of the now which he blasted out of the continuum of history. The French Revolution viewed itself as Rome incarnate. It evoked ancient Rome the way fashion evokes costumes of the past. Fashion has a flair for the topical, no matter where it stirs in the thickets of long ago; it is a tiger’s leap into the past. This jump, however, takes place in an arena where the ruling class give the commands. The same leap in the open air of history is the dialectical one, which is how Marx understood the revolution.
beyonce | mrs carter tour | walter benjamin | philosophy of history