FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

America in Disarray: When Cheap Propaganda is Considered Art

This election cycle has been fraught with craziness that has exceeded the imaginable.

Bernie Sanders, the wild-haired Jew from Brooklyn managed to defy all odds and naysayers and build a movement of young people that swept the country. And then he killed it.

Donald Trump, the New York billionaire turned reality TV star has managed to win support from a large share of the working class by tweeting, scapegoating and expressing nonsensical policies, even though he was a daddy’s boy born into the establishment with a silver spoon in his mouth.

And recently, cheap propaganda masquerading as “renegade art” has been overtaking our sound- and airwaves. Some weeks ago, Indecline, an artist collective, exposed castrated-Trump statues in a coordinated and dramatic manner on the streets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle and in Union Square, New York. While some critiqued the works, many adored these statues and reveled in the douchebaggery of public body shaming, jeering and cursing at the statues. The fact of the matter is that Indecline’s work was far from being subversive. It grotesquely expressed the mainstream liberal revulsion at Trump himself, while avoiding the much harder task of addressing his policies and the reasons he is successfully appealing to many Americans. A real look would damn liberals, the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, so that was out of the question for art that attempted to be a popular hit and grab mainstream media attention.

The corrupt liberal establishment has mocked the poor, the uneducated, the dark skinned and the indigenous for years while continuing the policies that jail and disenfranchise them. They have ceased to appeal to the working classes, bothering only with those who can pay to play. And here comes Trump, the joke, the demagogue, with his little hands, his orange hairpiece and his comic demeanor and he actually talks to poor people and acknowledges their suffering.

Historically, fascists rise within corruption- inside a system ruled by a liberal class that ignores workers. Therefore, Indecline’s “renegade art” actually serves Trump and his cause.

He can now say- “you see, those elitists in their big cities are making fun of me, and therefore of you! The system only mocks us!” Never mind Trump’s own hypocrisy, the situation plays into his hands. Lest we forget, Adolph Hitler was widely ridiculed for his high-pitched voice and jerky hand movements in much the same way before his rise to power. Every third grader knows how that ended for liberals.

But there’s no surprise that Indecline’s work has been embraced by an ecstatic, somewhat frantic media; this contemptuous and divisive approach was echoed well by liberal establishment favorite, the Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has called half (!) of Trump’s supporters “a basket of deplorables”. Never mind that Clinton is in a virtual deadlock with Trump in recent polls.

The one and only redeeming quality to Indecline’s works was the fact that the statues were illegally placed in the public realm before being thankfully removed. But now Moishe Mana from Mana Contemporary has commissioned additional castrated Trumps and has decided to terrorize commuters in New York-New Jersey (for crying out loud, isn’t commuting into Manhattan torturous enough?) and in Wynwood Miami by placing them on his adjacent property.

Whereas the original statues were cheap shots aimed at grabbing mainstream media attention by playing on people’s loathing of Donald Trump’s racism and misogyny, these commissioned pieces and their legal placement on property owned by Mana are cheap propaganda per se.

And, finally, yet again, these elections expose a glaring hypocrisy of the mainstream liberal establishment. One can easily guess the reaction in the mainstream liberal media to large statues of Hillary Clinton with a double mastectomy or genital mutilation.

More articles by:

Yoav Litvin is a Doctor of Psychology/ Behavioral Neuroscience.  

February 19, 2019
Richard Falk – Daniel Falcone
Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard
Patrick Cockburn
She Didn’t Start the Fire: Why Attack the ISIS Bride?
Evaggelos Vallianatos
Literature and Theater During War: Why Euripides Still Matters
Maximilian Werner
The Night of Terror: Wyoming Game and Fish’s Latest Attempt to Close the Book on the Mark Uptain Tragedy
Conn Hallinan
Erdogan is Destined for Another Rebuke in Turkey
Nyla Ali Khan
Politics of Jammu and Kashmir: The Only Viable Way is Forward
Mark Ashwill
On the Outside Looking In: an American in Vietnam
Joyce Nelson
Sir Richard Branson’s Venezuelan-Border PR Stunt
Ron Jacobs
Day of Remembrance and the Music of Anthony Brown        
Cesar Chelala
Women’s Critical Role in Saving the Environment
February 18, 2019
Paul Street
31 Actual National Emergencies
Robert Fisk
What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi’s Predecessor?
David Mattson
When Grizzly Bears Go Bad: Constructions of Victimhood and Blame
Julian Vigo
USMCA’s Outsourcing of Free Speech to Big Tech
George Wuerthner
How the BLM Serves the West’s Welfare Ranchers
Christopher Fons
The Crimes of Elliot Abrams
Thomas Knapp
The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC
Mitchel Cohen
A Tale of Two Citations: Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and Michael Harrington’s “The Other America”
Jake Johnston
Haiti and the Collapse of a Political and Economic System
Dave Lindorff
It’s Not Just Trump and the Republicans
Laura Flanders
An End to Amazon’s Two-Bit Romance. No Low-Rent Rendezvous.
Patrick Walker
Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal
Natalie Dowzicky
The Millennial Generation Will Tear Down Trump’s Wall
Nick Licata
Of Stress and Inequality
Joseph G. Ramsey
Waking Up on President’s Day During the Reign of Donald Trump
Elliot Sperber
Greater Than Food
Weekend Edition
February 15, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Matthew Hoh
Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an End to the Lies
Chris Floyd
Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism
Rob Urie
The Green New Deal, Capitalism and the State
Jim Kavanagh
The Siege of Venezuela and the Travails of Empire
Paul Street
Someone Needs to Teach These As$#oles a Lesson
Andrew Levine
World Historical Donald: Unwitting and Unwilling Author of The Green New Deal
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Third Rail-Roaded
Eric Draitser
Impacts of Exploding US Oil Production on Climate and Foreign Policy
Ron Jacobs
Maduro, Guaidó and American Exceptionalism
John Laforge
Nuclear Power Can’t Survive, Much Less Slow Climate Disruption
Joyce Nelson
Venezuela & The Mighty Wurlitzer
Jonathan Cook
In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror
Ramzy Baroud
Enough Western Meddling and Interventions: Let the Venezuelan People Decide
Robert Fantina
Congress, Israel and the Politics of “Righteous Indignation”
Dave Lindorff
Using Students, Teachers, Journalists and other Professionals as Spies Puts Everyone in Jeopardy
Kathy Kelly
What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Brian Cloughley
In Libya, “We Came, We Saw, He Died.” Now, Maduro?
Nicky Reid
The Councils Before Maduro!
Gary Leupp
“It’s All About the Benjamins, Baby”
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail