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ArtInAmerica“Let’s not burn America down. Let’s take her like she is and rebuild her. We must maintain and advocate and promote the philosophy of non-violence…we must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King

MLK understood political liberation emanating from truthfulness and spiritual liberation, all of which would be lost in an “I am King” world.

It is the truth of the mystery of salvation at work today in order to lead redeemed humanity towards the perfection of the kingdom which gives true meaning to movements of liberation in the economic, political, and social spheres, and which keeps them from falling into new forms of slavery. Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation, 1986

ToysRUsThe story of progress in America has included abundant infantilism and regression — which should have assured the long term prospects for a company like Toys “R” Us (now closed in Times Square), but for the infantilism and regression of the (Superman) landlords.

Pierce-ArrowSilverArrowRoyRogersPontiac1RoyRogersPontiacJanisJoplinPorscheClassic cars have become increasingly recognized as a new category of art.

Sotheby’s NY will be conducting a sale Dec 10. for 30 vintage cars and memorabilia, ranging from a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow to a 2006 Lamborghini Concept S.

Roy Rogers’ 1963 Pontiac Bonneville, decorated by Nudie Cohen, is among the lots, along with Janis Joplin’s 1964 Psychedelic Porsche.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Women-NASALast week we saw a woman playing a leading role in a terrorist attack on American soil, followed by the president of the United States saying that women would be serving in all combat units of the U.S. military.

WomanAtWar

Nihilist feminists believe that women-in-charge will produce better outcomes for society. And yet there is growing data (body counts) to support the view that women acting inorganically actually undermine society — and themselves.

Photographs: Stephen Wise (top), Dean Collins (bottom)

DaughtersOfMotherIndiaDaughtersOfModernIndia3Asia Society and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women presented a discussion, 11/10, on women’s empowerment followed by a documentary on violence against women and girls in India.

Filmaker Vibha Bakshi was on hand, along with Rachel Vogelstein, senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC; Noa Meyer, global head of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program; and Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine.

Ms. Bakshi’s film was made in the aftermath of the rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi in December 2012, and the nationwide demonstrations that followed. She hopes to raise consciousness about gender violence, and affect change, especially among law enforcement in India.

At the heart of the matter is the collision of pre-modern and post-modern Indian culture — lacking a shared view (old or new) for how to be healthy persons in society. American feminist interventions will likely make the situation worse, because their mindsets and programs tend to divide women from men.

The men are not the only ones committing violence against women and girls in India. Ms. Bakshi said Indian mothers typically abort their pregnancies when they learn that the fetus is a girl.

Sotheby's-Nov52015Made when Picasso was just 19 years old, during his Blue Period, La Gommeuse (1901) sold, Nov. 5, at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale for $67.5 million. The painting’s owner, William Koch, had paid $3 million for the double-sided work in 1984.

Also in the Evening Sale, Van Gogh’s Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente (1889), from The Collection of Louis & Evelyn Franck, went for $54 million.

“Work such as Picasso’s shows a fearful progress in self-consciousness on the part of painting.” Jacques Maritain, 1930

Before the sale began, as guests were treated to blanc-de-blanc from Reims and “Diamonds are Forever” from Bond, one couldn’t help but feel that the Gummy Period of Western Civilization (stuck in one’s self) had reached its nadir — with today’s ‘rights’ revolutions prefigured in Picasso’s works of imperial nothingness.

“A picture used to be a sum of additions. In my case a picture is a sum of destructions.” Pablo Picasso, 1935

Photograph: Stephen Wise

ClintonsAt this year’s Clinton Global Initiative LE asked Robert Rubin, former Clinton Secretary of Treasury, if he had any regrets about his efforts to repeal Glass-Steagull. Shaking his head, as if disgusted by the question, he said “no”.

In the recent Democratic debate Bernie Sanders channeled the establishment’s disorder when he suggested: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.” To which “Mrs. Clinton flashed a wide smile and shook her rival’s hand, ‘Thank you, Bernie,'”NYT 10/14/15

The non-being associated with dishonesty and imperial self-seeking is increasingly becoming the norm in America.

MaybellineNYCIn recent years feminists, like Hillary Clinton, have advocated for empowering women (with preferential treatment—scholarships, loans, etc.) for the sake of lifting/bettering society.

However, when said women are not rooted in truth and goodness the opposite happens, as we see today in American society and foreign policy. It was the U.S. State Department, under Secretary of State Clinton in 2011 (with help from Susan Rice and Samantha Power) that incited the uprising and criminal rebel action against the Assad government—leading to the hell that exists there today.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Woman-Power3“…it transmits and regulates power, and everyone wants command of power, even more power…of late there has been some talk, and very interesting talk, too, about machines as works of art. Why not reverse the process, and look at works of art as machines?” T.K. Whipple, Machinery, Magic, and Art, 1931

Photograph: Stephen Wise

ElleUSA30Elle’s 668 page Anniversary issue says on its cover: It’s The New Starting Line — Power. Sex. Beauty. Love. Success.

People who follow such guides (on how to be) can wind up like the car—a wreck.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

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