I really am surprised I’m talking political here again, but this seems to be something that forces itself into the arts and every day life of us all, wether we like it or not.
Earlier in 2011 Actress Mila Kunis (born in Chernivtsi in the Ukrainian SSR) made her views on Communism as a failed system, and singer-songwriter Kerli’s (Born in Estonia) story of life in the USR is both sad and inspiring at once. It makes clear the complete repression of arts is as intense as the more reported religious repression.
Now China again reminds all who think they are so much nicer now, just what they are all about is more clear with an announcement that entertainment programming will be cut by two-thirds on their TV stations (BBC Report). That’s right, that’s how it works in those countries. The government says what you can do, what you can be and even what you can watch, say, wear, etc
Few years back, Bjork made the Chinese government very sad
In 2008, Björk set off an international controversy after she dedicated “Declare Independence” to the Tibet freedom movement during a Shanghai concert, chanting “Tibet! Tibet!” during the song. China’s Culture Ministry issued a denunciation through state news agency Xinhua stating that Björk “broke Chinese law” and “hurt Chinese people’s feelings”, and pledged to further tighten control over foreign artists performing in China. A later statement accused Björk of “whipping up ethnic hatred
General feeling I saw in our press about this was a combination of dismissive to faux elitist comments on nativity of Bjork. I mean, the Chinese are our friends now right?
Dont get warm and fuzzy feelings about anywhere that stomps on freedoms. It’s easy to forget about how horribad it can be, while we push back against our own governments attempts at social engineering.
Oh, it would be very remiss not to mention that Communist countries don’t hold a monopoly in such repression. Look at countries with extreme religious systems. Need a hint? Iran, and even Saudi Arabia. Many Mid-East countries get a virtual pass in opinion as they “aren’t as bad as Iran”. That’s not good enough.
Which leads us to home. Hey! We are way better than those guys! Well, yes, but only as long as we, the people continue to push back. The apathy that was pervasive for the last two decades seems to be receding as people are starting to say “Enough is enough”. I fear that its been replaced by “polarization” which is pretty frustrating.
Republican Newt Gingrich was set-upon for comments
“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors,” Gingrich said.
Weird thing to see, but a politician saying something true. Go figure. Of course he was then ravaged by outraged “right ring” and “left-wing” social engineers. Silly rabbit.
So as I stated in the blogs opening. Listen, ponder and make your own opinions. There is no disgrace in being an individual, its your right as a living human being. Don’t be afraid, try it, you’ll be amazed at the weight it takes off your heart.
Be thankful for the freedoms you do have, but don’t think for a second people in power will not crush them in a second to get a more “cooperative” populace.