Thursday, 5 February 2009

Protest is Beautiful

A slogan I saw in Radical Philosophy (I think it was): Protest is Beautiful. But howsoever my heart goes out to that (protest is ... necessary, heartening, envirogirating, wonderful) I wonder if beautiful is quite right. Plato on 'beauty' nailed it, maybe. Beauty speaks to a deadening erasure of the particularities of life--to an other life, and afterlife rather than to here. Beauty is fascist. We need an livening gnarliness instead, a Gothicisim of the moral aesthetic.

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