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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2022, 09:28:19 pm »
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In fact, I consider it a mistake on the part of the early Counterculture to be uncritically associated with the sexual liberationists. Sexual traditionalism definitely deserved to be attacked, but I would have preferred the attack to have been launched from the angle of romanticism rather than that of hedonism.

And it was the usual suspects who strove to make hedonism part of leftism and the counterculture:
https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/leftist-ideological-camps-in-the-big-picture-socialism-marxism-true-leftism-etc/msg11339/#msg11339
(See the part about Marcuse and the New Left).

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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2022, 09:26:58 pm »
Counterculture should strictly be about ridiculing every smallest detail of Western civilization:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpKNvIiDR0c




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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2022, 08:30:50 pm »
Note the emphatically Western architecture of Lex Luthor's lair in the original Superman movie:













Again we see the implied association between Western aesthetics and villainy back then.

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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2022, 01:49:46 pm »
Fascinating! The word "Progress" engraved into the statues base on the last image...

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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2022, 09:08:44 pm »
And then there's Vigo from Ghostbusters 2 who was literally inside a Western painting undergoing restoration inside a Eurocentric museum in the US:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEqgt9Zz_8U

This is the danger of the US associating itself with Western aesthetics. (Note also Janosz's accent.) In contrast, the key to defeating Vigo is American aesthetics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpyvDWfK9qs

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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2022, 10:39:55 pm »
Why 99% Of Movies Today Are Garbage - Chris Gore
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Chris Gore is a writer, comedian, author and television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the entertainment world. As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine while he was a college student in Detroit. As Film Threat evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. FilmThreat.com found a huge audience online and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Travel Channel, and Reelz Channel. Chis has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC and G4TV’s Attack of the Show as the show’s film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday was among the most popular on G4. Chris is also an author, having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made and The Complete DVD Book. His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12f0ligwS5s

Gore makes some excellent points in this interview he did I feel. He speaks alot about the corporate studios and how they are only interested in making films for the world, rather than American films for America. In that sense I believe his argument is on solid ground when he speaks of how America is losing it's identity to corporate interests who only care about money and political agendas first and foremost, instead of good entertainment firstly, which is what films are supposed to provide before anything else.

Lest we forget, globalization would not have happened had the industrial revolution and western colonialism not preceded them. Globalization is merely an extension and furtherance of both.

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Re: Counterculture and Western Civilisation
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2022, 10:48:33 pm »
Why the “Psychedelic Renaissance” is just Colonialism by Another Name
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A new psychedelic renaissance that remains grounded in colonial habits risks replicating historic and systemic harms and injustices
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[...]The term renaissance assumes there is something to be reborn from. In the case of psychedelics, the assumption is that the current resurgence of mainstream acceptance, interest, and experimentation, with the requisite increase in financial investment and academic research, is the continuation of the legacy of the 1960s. From the first synthesization of mescaline in 1919 to the discovery of LSD by Albert Hofmann in 1938, the research (and antics) of Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert at Harvard in the 1960s, and the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 along with the mass incarcerations that ensued, one could argue that the initial psychedelic movement of Western culture was more akin to a stillborn than a finished labor. Can a movement have a rebirth if it never had a proper birth in the first place?

What is often forgotten in this discourse is that the first psychedelic boom in the 1960s was a novelty only for the West. Countless other cultures, especially Indigenous nations, have been well acquainted with a large number of psychedelic or entheogenic plants and medicines for millenia. It merely took the West generations to catch up. In relation to the recent uptick of interest in psychedelics in the West, the current “renaissance” appears to be far from a deep intellectual and spiritual rebirth, grounded in something other than the survival instinct of Western modernity. As is, it is more akin to a reboot of modern society’s failed attempt to re-imagine (and somewhat heal) itself in the 1960s, while continuing to conveniently place the cost of its survival and continuity on other peoples and cultures elsewhere (i.e. continued coloniality and exploitation as a salve for the existential woes of Western culture).

Without a deeper understanding of the context in which the current “renaissance” is unfolding, most of the mainstream notions of the future of psychedelics import some kind of Western progress narrative, without ever truly looking at the toxic environment in which this rebirth is purportedly happening or the externalized costs of the project. As such, they end up replicating the logic of capitalist modernity.
Entire article: https://doubleblindmag.com/colonialism-by-another-name/

Colonial Shadows in the Psychedelic Renaissance
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In April, I joined the two-day Psychedelic Liberty Summit, where the voices of several Indigenous participants from Colombia, Brazil, and several tribal nations in the United States discussed their concerns over the parallel trends in decriminalization efforts and the expansion of the use of sacred plant medicines. These medicines and the cultural practices that have sustained their safe and sustainable use are now, more than ever, being consumed by a global public, and many Indigenous peoples argue that these plants and their spiritual practices are being appropriated while their native territories continue to be encroached upon for other global consumption items like minerals, fuel, and beef.
Entire article: https://chacruna.net/colonial-shadows-in-the-psychedelic-renaissance/

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