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waste and taste

Conspicuous waste.Is it envy? If he had fun with his money through the pleasures of mistresses, race horses, public bequests, fine art, play actresses, first folios of Shakespeare could we think more in that these disbursements had “character?” In part … Continue reading

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status: enduring symbols

…Actually, we are living not so much in a status system as in the wreckage of one, a storeroom full of broken monuments; for the process of destroying status is self-destructive, and ruins each new idol that it raises. Once … Continue reading

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kick sand in their faces

Synthetic credit. Trading a black box. Small is beautiful? Hardly when it comes to banking. In light of JP Morgan’s announced “surprise $2Billion profit bust; soaked and also synthetic red ink, people are naturally worried about contagion and another bank … Continue reading

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the non-conforming rebel reactionary

The mistake of confusing authenticity and populism. The kind of sentimental lynch-mob mentality that desires to wind back the clock in a misbegotten assumption of returning to a form of innocence, of untarnished simplicity that characterized America; a kind of … Continue reading

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dissent building: toy stories

Consumerism is unlikely to be defeated; there will be no white knight, no Saint George to slay the dragon and pitch its corpse into the center of the earth for fifty generations. Consumerism is a product of consumer behavior and … Continue reading

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air supply

Culture jamming. Sometimes the artwork and aesthetics of culture jammers is of such ingenious quality that it could appear as if the anti-corporate dissent of the activists is actually produced by the offending companies themselves. That is, ostensible anti-consumerist messages … Continue reading

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the fiction of them and us

A very astute look at consumerism and what drives the spending cycle, though not everyone may agree. He debunks some long held and often cherished assumptions that have been mainstays since the Frankfurt school’s Adorno and Marcuse and proposes the … Continue reading

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left-write-left-right….

Take this bohemian artist, an icon of the counter-culture from the top shelf of the Czech Republic’s pre-communist era and you can concoct a recipe for bourgeois decadence and the commodification of dissent. Havel was almost the tailor made candidate … Continue reading

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artistic terror : conceptual cowardice?

Is Marcel Duchamp a terrorist? In a figurative sense, a weapon of mass destruction. The super-bomb/dirty bomb alchemical chain reaction where crap is turned into monetary gold. Clearly, with the ready-made, there was an initial anti-hierarchical space of thought, something … Continue reading

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hunters and gatherers: the cannibal capitalists

There is a certain taboo against cannibalism when times are good, and the manna on the tree is within an arm’s reach of desire.  Society obviously wouldn’t survive if everyone supped on each other.Leftovers. recycle. compost. Yet, in another sense, … Continue reading

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