Soviet Realism celebrated the cult of mass murderer Joseph Stalin
Art in service to the state is not art but propaganda.
The role of art is to steep the viewer in a transcendent space.
Propaganda aims at buttressing a narrow political and social agenda.
Totalitarian regimes always follow a strategy of using art to spread their ideological message in order to soften the landscape for radical social programs.
The twentieth century affords us three classic examples of totalitarian regimes that harnessed the arts in an effort to influence the private sphere: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union, and Mao’s China.
Each regime was a socialist movement whose programs were designed to maximize state control over its citizens.
Artists in Germany, The Soviet Union and China who complied with the state were richly rewarded. Those artists who did not go along with the program were denied funding, made outcasts, and often declared criminals, deserving the harshest penalties.
The Soviet Gulag was filled with artists who refused to become tools of the state.
Nazi Germany used concentration camps to punish degenerate—code for Jew—artists.
Mao “reeducated” and murdered millions; we will never know how many dissident Chinese artists were massacred.
Currently, the Arab world is awash in state supported art that is steeped in Jew-hatred and Holocaust denial.
In a cartoon from Oman, Jews are depicted as blood thirsty Nazis.
The state art produced under these regimes is at best junk, at its worst, propaganda aimed at justifying oppression and genocide.
I have always been suspicious of the NEA.
Why does the state support artists?
Why not plumbers or carpenters?
The Obama administration, in its drive to achieve maximum control over our lives, is spreading its tentacles over an all too willing and compliant arts community.
Right before Rosh Hashana, I was informed by my good friend, John Note, Editor-in-Chief of Big Hollywood, that an important story would be breaking at Big Hollywood and Big Government, both the brainchild of Andrew Breitbart.
It is now unfolding and you should be aware of it.
Look, this NEA scandal does not have the sexy veneer of the ACORN story, but make no mistake about it, Obama’s attempted partnership with the arts is an arrogant overreach of government power that a free society must not tolerate.
Click here for the story.
American Democrat-Socialist Art, in service to the cult of Barack Obama.
Better late than never, here’s the Slow-Fast Edition of Haveil Havalim.