Mike Kelly, Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991-9. Sold for $2,704,000 in 2006
“I believe that to pursue the American Dream is not only futile but self-destructive because ultimately it destroys everything and everyone involved with it. By definition it must, because it nurtures everything except those things that are important: integrity, ethics, truth, our very heart and soul. Why? The reason is simple: because life is about giving, not getting.”
– Hubert Selby, Jr., Requiem for a Dream
Below are links to a pair of graphs that speak to American delusion. The particular genius of Americans is that they’re capable of believing whatever fantasies their TV sells them without question or critical thought. While American middle-class income is 27th in the world, Americans believe they sit at the top. Their TV tells them that. While the US healthcare system ranks 37th in the world they’re told by their TV they have the greatest health care system in the world. The vast majority believe this utter bullshit and if given evidence like that below have every excuse in the world ready to deny reality. If there is one thing that is certain, their TV doesn’t lie.
The ultra-wealthy have robbed the middle class blind over the last three decades at a steady pace. They actually believe that there’s some kind of significant difference between Reagan and Clinton! The middle class lost ground during the Clinton years at a greater pace than they did under Reagan. As American working class productivity went up, American wages declined or stayed stagnant. As for the current Liberal hero, each consecutive year he’s been in office the transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top has continued apace. To hear him speak over the last week about the plight of the American middle class after he’s cast his lot with Wall Street and Corporations makes one want to blow lunch.
Meanwhile, for those who might have slept through it, Detroit has gone bankrupt. While our wonderful liberal press and radio (thank you NPR) offered “analysis” (naturally neoliberal analysis) that other cities have declared bankruptcy in the past only to rise from the ashes reborn, Detroit is finished. And so are any other number of American cities that regularly go unmentioned so as not to tarnish the delusion of the great City on the Hill. The City on the Hill is Detroit. Have a good look.
Detroit was the heart of American power and technological dominance and now serves as the latest poster child of American collapse. America is finished. The fact that Americans can’t even begin to acknowledge the reality of what has been done to them, much less attempt to reverse it, is why it’s finished. It’s been finished not by a military coup-d’etat but by a corporate coup d’etat. And now the corporate monster stands ready to employ the military to crush even the slightest dissent.
As for American awareness of this reality, try the comment below on a fellow citizen and see where the discussion goes, if it even starts:
“The bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth. But of course many on Wall Street and in the government would argue that there is nothing wrong with an economy where nearly half the people are dividing up 1 percent of the benefits.”
Here’s a graph succinctly illustrating the departure of Americans from known reality:
As far as American Art goes, not to worry. While the Detroit Institute of Art will no doubt be looted by the ultra-rich as Detroit tries to bail out of it’s $18 billion dollar debt by selling off its public assets, Americans can go to Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art to commune with the soul of the great American Genius of the hanging stuffed toy, Mike Kelley. Kelley, of course, is a great favorite of the corporate class who’ve subsidized his career while he spreads his message of nihilistic narcissism/carnie sideshow, which is naturally adored by an art world thoroughly mired in rapt wonder at its own vacuous reflection.
And where do our art critics stand? Are they rallying around to defend the looting of a great American Art Museum? One of them, noted human turd and corporate shill Peter Schjeldahl, offered his esteemed opinion that it was a grand idea to sell off the collection to the highest bidder no doubt ingratiating himself with the constituency he aims to please, the corporate swine who stand salivating to get their hands on the collection.
More on the death of Detroit…
William Howard Kunstler:
“One economist, Guardian columnist Dean Baker, estimated in 2011 that the shortfall in public pensions could be as huge as $1tn. A monster of this size cannot remain hidden long. It will catch up with cities and states.”
I have to admit I’m glad I’ve found HYPERALLGERIC blog so that I can stay abreast of the latest developments in art.
Its there I’ve learned that American Art has found its echo around the globe, attracting people with borderline personality disorder from all countries and enabling them to express themselves through the wonder of ART. It’s comforting to know that as Americans descend into bankruptcy, random violence and corporate rule, they’ll be able to turn to artists like the ones below to help illuminate things: