I have been a fan of Camille Paglia‘s work now for over a decade. I used her female type of the Mercurius as she developed it in “Sexual Personae“as a basis for my MA Thesis on the use of that character type in Shakespearian tragedy.
I love her writing style and her fearless way she attacks a subject and our culture. She is one of my favorite cultural critics. She recently gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal which is worth your time to read if you have not already. It it she gores some of the lefts most sacred cows. She is not a social conservative, but she is steeped in the virtues of the western canon and culture, especially within the arts.
Please read this post by Gateway Pundit. It contains a first hand account of leftist protests of Catholic Pilgrims to World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. This fits in with my earlier piece, The World, the World, The World is on Fire which details the numerous protests taking place in other world capitals.
This work of art falls neatly into what I call the Politics of Performance.
All performance has some kind of political import. Brecht, a Marxist playwright, was famous for saying that all Art is political. It either is subversive of power or it supports the status quo.
I saw this image via Stumble Upon and for purposes of this post refer to it as Patent Leather Oppression. The shiny black shoes are supported by the many individual generic plastic figures underneath. In between a piece of clear glass distributes the weight of the black shod individual across the assembled masses, and prevents any mixing between the two.
Marx would call the black shod individual the Capitalist Oppressor and the figures beneath the Proletariat.
I would call the black shod individual Government, and the figures beneath, We The People.