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Here are three examples of this sort of point-form description:
Example 1. Very detailed.
MORE CAPITALISM MEANS MORE AND BETTER ART!
Topics covered include:
The modern rejection of audiences and objective standards in Art. The descent into pure
subjectivity and irrelevance. How the market is part of objectivity. Modern contempt of
audiences and reality leads modern artists to seek state support i.e. to forcing people to
'buy' their work.
How artists flourish under Capitalism. Does the Capitalist psycho-epistomology express
itself as realist Art? Contrast the ancient freedom-loving, this worldly Greeks - with the
dictatorial, stagnant Egyptians. How interest in the mind connects to political freedom and
the Artist connects to Nature - rather than arbitrary dictates and dogmas.
The Greeks, as founders of objective art.
Scoop: Lee Sanstead reveals for the first time the significance of the Greek's Temple of
Aphaea at Aegina. We only touch on it in this talk. But an indepth discussion of it's
significance will be online shortly.
The dictatorial cultures of the Middle Ages bred 'abstract', elitist, other-worldly Art. We
contrast this with the Rennaisance and its rising economic freedom and prosperity. How
the 18th Century's establishment of individual rights and the supremacy of reason was
implemented by the 19th Century to create an 'explosion' of the Arts.
Under Capitalism, Artists live longer, can make millions, can dedicate their entire lives
just to producing their art. For instance, Bouguereau started a pauper, achieved
recognition, made millions.
Does Capitalism compromise artistic integrity? Do you have to "sell out" to get rich? Sensuality of pro capitalist art.
Can't afford the original? Buy a poster. Buy a CD. Buy a toy. Capitalism has made
possible the mass marketing of images and merchandise. With a CD of the Star Wars
soundtrack, you can have the London Symphony Orchestra on tap!
Ayn Rand as an example of a radical artist who died a
millionaire. In a non capitalist system or era she might have
been burned as a witch or a heretic! The example of the 19th
Century Sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens who ran his
sculpture shop as a business.
How many artists have come out of Afghanistan? What new
ideas in a land where representations of the human figure
were destroyed and even humming to your baby or clapping
unauthorized rhythms were outlawed by the Taliban.
Art CAN NOT flourish in a non or anti capitalist system. Only
in Capitalism is physical force banished - it is the system of
the mind and most conducive to creativity.
Funding of the arts - private and public. The creation of great
art as memorials, including the Statue of Liberty as an
Capitalism and human creativity go hand in hand.
Example 2. Moderate detail.
HOW GOVERNMENTS GET AWAY WITH SEIZING PRIVATE PROPERTY
Topics covered include:
Is Government thuggery back on the rise? The often-used trick of declaring a "state of
emergency" as an excuse to trample on rights. Why we need to be very suspicious any
time a Government starts talking about "emergencies."
Tracinski: "AIDS is the world's
first politically correct disease."
The false dichotomy inherent in the "Put lives before profit" slogan. The contribution of
altruism to the destruction of rights. The fraud of claiming to "help" people - whilst
punishing the Drug companies for their success. How taxes from companies are used to
fund their own destroyers.
The widespread notion that profits are bad. Should Atlas go on strike? The possible idea
of micro strikes. Brazil's thuggery applauded in the USA and elsewhere. How such actions
are monitored by states inclined towards oppression i.e. the "what we can get away with"
mentality. How companies are hampered from defending themselves - by their
shareholders' structures and by their own short term mentalities.
Example 3. Very brief.
CYBERHATE: WHO CAN SLAY THE HYDRA?
Topics covered include:
Sophisticated organizational structures and technologies used
by Neo Nazis and "extreme right (don't you "hate" that term?) groups." Past and current examples. Can current laws cope with the problem? The dangers of censoring the web.
Some non-government, free market solutions. Modern trend towards direct action and emotionalism. Can one combat stupidity and prejudice? How education can help. How young people should approach the internet
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Examples of news reports.
Here's one written in a lively style:
Space Tourist Comes Back To Earth
(AP) Hurtling upside down through space, Mark Shuttleworth sped back to Earth on Sunday, bringing to an end a $20 million
journey that the South African space tourist said he would willingly repeat anytime.
Here's a more serious style:
Chirac Re-Elected in Landslide Victory
PARIS — President Jacques Chirac defeated ultra-right candidate
Jean-Marie Le Pen in a landslide in the French presidential runoff Sunday.
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