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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

EqualRights2EqualRights5One of the participants/advocates for equal rights to bare one’s chest, at the “Go Topless” Pride Parade, told LE she graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan,

At issue are the rights of topless women to work in Times Square, posing for pictures and tips, often times with young boys.

It seems that the institutions of higher learning in America are misleading and deforming their students regarding “the question of the relationship between the person and society, and the rights of the human person.” Jacques Maritain, The Rights of Man and Natural Law (Gordian, 1943)

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of the law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Today in New York, people (especially children) are being denied equal protection from predators who are claiming equal rights.

Let us not say that the aim of society is the individual good or the mere aggregate of the individual goods of each of the persons who constitute it. Such a formula would dissolve society as such for the benefit of its parts, and would lead to an “anarchy of atoms.” Maritain


StreetArt2015fFrom a playground in Jackson Heights, NY, July 4, 2015.

Pride2015dPride2015cPride2015Pride2015fThe triumph of the will in the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is not the same as the triumph of truth and love.

The decision of a few on the Bench to go along with the wishes of an infantile mob, rather than rational principles based on truth, adds a new dimension to American barbarism.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


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