Mater’s Musings #13: The Art of Two Socialisms

For a change of pace, let’s put Covid-19 aside and turn our attention to the subject of Art. God knows this place could do with some refinement…Arky now appears to have posting rights!

These images have always been a source of wonder for me, especially considering they (supposedly) emanate from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Like a lot of things about the ‘modern’ history of Fascism, it just doesn’t make much sense. A bit like those damned glitches in the Matrix. Only when you dispose of that key stumbling block, the assumption that Nazis were of the Right, do all these ‘glitches’ cease to be a mystery, and it all makes perfect sense.

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August 28, 2021 5:16 pm

It’s funny watching the Left contort themselves into trying to convince people the Nazis and Fascists were from the right.

They lie by suggesting political ideology resembles a circle – eventually the two extremes on the left and right supposedly meet up,according to them. It’s total bullshit primarily because ideology can’t be configured as a circle.

On the left, the more extreme you go you finally reach full on communism.

On the right, the more extreme you go, you finally reach anarchic libertarianism, which doesn’t believe in government.

Dover once described it beautifully at the old cat.
Nazim/ fascism and communism are simply different rooms of the authoritarian house. .. or something very similar.

August 28, 2021 5:24 pm

Proving again that nasty thoughts have a way of turning back and hitting you in the head. USSR, the Rones and the churlish old woman (Eyrie), I wasn’t banned at the other cat, which is what you were hoping. Adam was very nice to me explaining there was a technical glitch.

(Dover, whatever you do, don’t allow the Rones to form posses or to join them as he will ruin your blog. Just some advice about the count’s behavior.)

August 28, 2021 5:25 pm

whoops, rong fred.

August 28, 2021 5:42 pm

As a classic piece of propaganda art myself, I feel qualified to comment. It’s powerful. It works. It makes a subliminal statement that predisposes the viewer to make certain assumptions about what is about to be said.

Lefties really want to disown every one of those pictures, because they say something profound and true and disturbing about the mindset. No one wants to be part of that.

As for the Westinghouse Girl, I’ve discovered something quite amusing. Lefties really, really hate it when their “nicer” icons are pinched.

August 28, 2021 5:43 pm

I thought I was drawing traffic!

Lol. Took me a while to compose that. Didn’t want to look narcissistic! 😀

August 28, 2021 5:49 pm

August 28, 2021 at 5:29 pm
Jeez, JC, you got my hopes up. I thought I was drawing traffic!

You can just delete them. It’s easy.
Damn. I hope JC doesn’t think to ask DB for posting rights.
Shit. I never thought of that.

August 28, 2021 5:53 pm

In that bottom left one it looks like the guy with the hammer is whacking a midget with it.

August 28, 2021 7:04 pm

The People’s Cube – ‘We cure weak Liberalism with strong Communism’ – is an interesting website, though the pop-ups are a tad annoying.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
August 28, 2021 11:54 pm

Dammit CL, art as the creation of diversion is a fascinating subject, isn’t it-
But far beyond that, the commisioning, funding and installation of propaganda by governments in Australia is rampant and unchecked. It’s siloed and protected as “art”, and all but smothers any possible chthonic creativity in visual art and also scribblings, stage and screen.
Capital city sculpture is mandated by development covenants- it’s the work of mineral and engineering companies, and so is ostentatiously inhuman- brutally mineral and engineered.
Drama is written to be abrasive and abusive to western culture and, shamefully, western races.
The murals, which like a slapper’s tatts, have been slapped on civic engineering feats- dam walls and grain silos- have lost all link to the craft of painting. They are digital and disposable, like the happy graphics which have been used to distract coffee drinkers picking up yet another takeaway.
Every art prize that i’ve been to lately has given special commendation to enviro-doomsday pieces, no matter how shallow, cartoonish or concocted. Craft no longer matters, as long as the hobbyist is a bien-pensant.
In the main street of my local town, a lifesize bronze of an aboriginal stands at street level. His claim to fame is having speared and killed an early settler who had tugged at his beard.

Will Australians one day look back at this coercion of funds, space and brainpower for creating the celebration of crassness as politically motivated? I hope so, because that also means the west will have reversed it suicidal course of self-debasement.
Will these pieces be seen as propaganda? I certainly hope so, because that will mean that we have seen through the group-think amongst the art elite, who are posing as the counterculture, but are obviously indentured and pampered parasites.

August 29, 2021 6:42 am

Please forgive a double post but this link is even more germane to this thread than the other.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been cited as an offshoot of Karl Marx’s theory of class struggle, which was designed to pit one class against another so as to foment worker-led revolutions. It is also widely accepted that the Marxian Frankfurt School in Germany reworked Marx’s “social conflict theory” in the 1950s by adding “race” to their long list of “oppressed” minorities. But historically, the Frankfurt School theorists were latecomers to the racial theory table. They were not the originators of Critical Race Theory. A revolutionary socialist movement had already existed decades before in Germany. These racial justice warriors sought to pit one race against another and encourage the oppressed to overthrow the oppressor. They called themselves German National Socialists.

The Surprising Origins of Critical Race Theory

August 29, 2021 7:26 am

Is there a poster showing a fat dumpy Ranga?

Just for munty.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 29, 2021 11:30 am

One of the ‘proofs’ that fascism is right wing is that they fought against the Soviets.

The underlying principle is that you don’t fight nations with the same politics.

But that means that if the Nazis were right wing then the Allies were left wing because the allies fought the Nazis. Yet the Soviet system was closer to the Nazis’ than to the UK or the US.

And immediately after WW2 the Soviets went into conflict with the US, so that suddenly makes the US right wing.

And finally, Communist China and Communist Russia, both Left wing beyond a doubt, were hardly amicable and did adopt a common cause. Their communism’s seem nevertheless to have had fundamental nationalist traits.

The reality is that if you use ‘right’ and ‘left’ to distinguish between fascists and communists then you need another term for the democracies.

But even this assumes that there will be only two kinds of socialism fascist (right) and communist (left), but why not a third?

The Nazis and the Soviets had a sibling rivalry. They actively cooperated to divvy up Eastern Europe at first in a way the UK would not until they became jealous and turned on one another. Their similarities made comparisons possible and rivalry natural. The Democratic Western Europe were viewed by both as strange old relics to be despised.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 29, 2021 11:38 am

Sorry, the Soviets and the Chinese NOT not adopt a common cause.

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