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Two Takes From Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues and Duck Dynasty

Camille Paglia
Camille Paglia (Photo credit: Ann Althouse)

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.

Enjoy her most recent interview with the WSJ:The Weekend Interview With Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues – WSJ.com.

She also had something to say about the whole “Duck Dynasty” flap which you might find interesting: Camille Paglia: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Uproar Is “Fascist” And “Stalinist” (downtrend.com)

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World Youth Day Pilgrims Mocked, Harassed, Spit On & Threatened By Leftists in Madrid | The Gateway Pundit

 

World Youth Day Pilgrims Mocked, Harassed, Spit On & Threatened By Leftists in Madrid | The Gateway Pundit.

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.

Patent Leather Oppression

This work of art falls neatly into what I call the Politics of Performance.

Patent Leather Opression

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.

What would you title this image?  What do you see?

Please leave your comments below.

The original image can be found at this link:

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The World, the World the World is on Fire

With everything going on in the world, this song keeps going through my head. The lyrics are explicit, but they match the energy and images of what we are seeing in the streets.

I think it makes a useful counterpoint to the images below from the last two months or so. Press Play and Scroll Down.

As the music keeps playing and the crowd keeps yelling, keep scrolling  past the images and you will get a sense of how much trouble we are in.

Fire, Water Burn by The Bloodhound Gang LIVE

Vancouver, BC July 6, 2011

These Canadians were upset over the Canucks loss in the Stanley Cup.

Fans Rioting Over Canucks Loss on July 6,2011

Posers
"Fans"

Santiago, Chile August 9, 2011

Students protesting for educational reform in Chile.  They want it for free, and to pay for it they demand the nationalization of the Copper Mines.  Atlas Shrugs anyone? Where is Francisco d’Anconia when you need him?

London, England August 9, 2011

Riots ensued after a police shooting.


This shows that the rioters were not local, they came in to the riot locatons for the PURPOSE OF RIOTING

Tel Aviv, ISRAEL August 7, 2011

Protests over the high price of housing and cost of living in Israel.

The protests in Israel, Chile and England were all taking place SIMULTANEOUSLY.  What are the chances of that? I think something larger is going on here.  You be the judge.