The Great Regression
I pay $15 a month to subscribe to the Times. I am sometimes disappointed with it, but this article today is outstanding. The author, Frederic Rezwiski is brilliant – and not only that, he knows what he is talking about.
He added two new phrases to my vocabulary: Monopoly Capitalism and the Great Regression (from 1980 to the present). The first is nothing new, but the second is. Consider this quote:
Technology has no doubt conditioned art from its very beginnings. But for most of its history art has nonetheless been master of the relation. In the course of the 20th century a subtle reversal has taken place. Art has become a tool of the machine it has helped to create. The art which half a century ago set out to change the world has become a passive instrument of that world’s malfunction.
He ends with this:
We need, more than ever, a new art that will “drag the republic out of the mud.”