Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Buffet of Anachronisms

It’s hard to believe that mankind has descended back into the Middle Ages in such a short period of time. From McLuhan’s "Global Village," human society has become a "buffet of anachronisms." Plagues kill millions despite advances in medicine. Nuclear war which, after the Fail Safe, On the Beach generation, had already become the subject of satire in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is now again joining the arsenal of threat. Add to these the presence of tyrants from Putin to Lukashenko, Kim Jong-un, Bolsanaro and Xi Jinping. They would be the stuff of parody, were they not a threat to life. Can it be said that Trump has outdone that great tyrant of dramatic literature, Ubu Roi? One must give pause when politicos upstage the ghoulish creations of absurdist farce. Could Alfred Jarry have dreamt up Paul Gosar or Marjorie Taylor Greene? Reality has turned into a mixture of Bergman’s Seventh Seal where the Knight partakes in his famous chess game with death and Mad Max which portrays the feudal legacy of a bombed out landscape. Will Art, the angry clown of a slasher movie like Terrifier, become the model for the realpoliticians and statesmen of the 21th Century?

Read "The Final Solution: Was Adolf Hitler a New York Liberal at Heart?" HuffPost

and listen to "Punk Prayer,'Virgin Mary Put Putin Away'" by Pussy Riot

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