18 August 2019

Clockwork Orange Skull

So Megan Rapinoe stuck it to Orange Skull again. She clearly has a better understanding of reality — and more, better words — than he does. Of course, Ms Rapinoe appears to have actually worked for her undergraduate degree and taken some of that knowledge with her into the outside world.

Orange Skull? Just ask the creator of Maus. Or, more likely, try to suppress it claiming "we're not political", which really opens things up for discussion. Compare to, for example, "With great power comes great responsibility."; "I came to realize that I had more to offer this world than just making things that blow up."; "Yeah, we compromised. Sometimes in ways that made us not sleep so well. But we did it so that people could be free. This isn't freedom, this is fear."; "The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude." OK, that last one isn't from a Marvel product, but it rather sums things up well… and makes clear (if only by implication) that censorship by the marketplace, or by market actors, is still a form of censorship. As a recently deceased should-have-been-a-Nobel-laureate noted back in the 70s,

Recently I read in Giovanni Grazzini’s fascinating book on Solzhenitsyn the following passage:

The cultural industry, vanity, the resentment felt by intellectuals at seeing power slipping from their hands, have so obscured the vision of Western writers as to make them believe that not being persecuted by the police is a privilege.

I am very slow indeed. I puzzled over that sentence for three days before I understood what Grazzini meant. He meant, of course, that it is not a privilege, but a right.

Ursula K. Le Guin.