Common People Used to Seek Out and Celebrate Beautiful Art

Le-Quai-aux-Fleurs

– 25 June 2016 –

Janus:

Janus-smallTory Scot at The Right Stuff writes an excellent article about how even common people in the West genuinely sought out beautiful works of art and music the way that commoners today eagerly consume the garbage of “(((Amy Schumer))) and Kanye West”. Via The Daily Stormer:

Many on the right have correctly observed that pop culture, as it is called, is a sewer where discourse is reduced to the lowest common denominator. It aspires to nothing higher, it has few standards, and it is the perfect expression of egalitarian modernity. That is what our modern mass culture is.

Unfortunately, this precise observation is all too often followed up by an incorrect conclusion. Conservatives tend to dismiss mass culture as simply being irrelevant, or the inevitable result of culture reaching a mass audience. If culture is popular, then it must also be plebeian. Better to simply ignore it. Films are for children.

Let’s return to Le Quai aux Fleurs; It’s a painting from the late nineteenth century, and I would say a rather masterful one. The curators of the Paris Salon certainly thought so, since they gave it a prominent place in the 1876 Salon. It would be fair to saw that the work is a cultured one, and was a part of the culture of La Belle Epoque. It was also, as pointed out above so popular that it needed police protection. So if it was a work of culture, and it was popular, doesn’t that make it pop culture?

Yes. Yes it does.

If that surprises you, it shouldn’t. Culture that reaches the majority of people has not always necessarily been of low quality. Shakespeare’s plays were performed in front of large audiences of common people, as well as royalty of England. The Iliad and the Odyssey were meant to be read aloud by orators to crowds, and the plays of Sophocles would have been viewed by all classes of Greek society. Classical music isn’t exactly promoted among the masses by the guardians of media, yet many pieces of classical music are still well known among average people. They might ask “who?”, if you say Wagner’s name, but hum The Ride of the Valkyries and they’ll recognize the tune immediately. The idea that high culture can’t reach outside of small circles at the top of society is, quite simply, entirely false.

On occasion, something worth while even manages to get through the net, and is well received. Anyone who believes that there’s no market for quality culture needs to be reminded of the Lord of the Rings films. Tolkien’s writing has similarities to Wagner’s operas because they are both drawing water from the same well, namely Germanic mythology. There are criticisms that could be made of Peter Jackson’s portrayal of Middle Earth, but at the end of the day, one of the 21st century’s greatest film series was a Germanic Epic. The three films all together grossed over a billion dollars. Google “Lord of the Rings racist” and you will get plenty of results of people panicking over the films, which has done nothing to stop the overwhelming popularity of the trilogy.

Far from not wanting wholesome culture, people are crying out for it. The problem isn’t a lack of demand. If you build it they will come.

So, why is it that there is an abundance of garbage in our culture and a lack of quality?

Scot correctly pins the blame on the natural tendencies for cultural egalitarianism to degrade society to the lowest common level. He also correctly identifies the pernicious influence of Jews to deliberately encourage this phenomenon and to suppress beauty.

Scot doesn’t mention another culprit, that of mass-market capitalism. The kind of capitalism that we have known for the past hundred years or so—that in which the cheapest possible mass-produced products are aimed for continent-wide or international markets—has caused peoples’ tastes to evolve ever towards the easy, the unsubtle, the carnal, and the low-brow. Even without the egalitarians and the Jews and unwashed democracy, this degradation would continue, if more slowly.

Better that we instead have local governance, local economy, and local culture.

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