“True art . . . is not intended as a mere passing fancy; its earnest endeavor is not to transport man into a mere momentary dream of freedom, but rather to make him actually free, and to do so by awakening, exercising and developing within him his power to achieve an objective distance from the sensible world, which otherwise weighs down upon us like a dead object, pressing us like a blind force. This distance gives us the power to transform the material world into the free work of our own intellect, and to exert dominion over it through ideas.”
- Friedrich Schiller (The Bride of Messina, 1803)
As your independent candidate for the 9th Congressional District, I find it very important to regularly participate in a community chorus that focuses on teaching and performing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and the Classical American Negro Spirituals. I have been singing for many years. At a time when the United States is gripped by a dehumanized pop culture of death—manifesting as our extraordinarily high rates of suicide, drug overdose, mass shootings, and addiction to violent media—the singing of beautiful music, requiring the artist to expose their soul and humble their ego to the power of it, becomes an important, re-humanizing antidote to this culture of death. I enjoy singing, but it is not just a “hobby”; art that puts us back in touch with our humanity is necessary to improve our culture, and overcome these crises. We must replace our culture of death with a culture of growth.
The people who produce the vile music, movies, and video games desensitizing us to death and pornography are not just doing it for a profit. It’s not just a matter of one’s freedoms and being able to listen to or do whatever pleases them. I applaud the courage of Kentucky Governor Bevin in addressing this moral problem, and add the following important consideration to this national discussion. This culture of death was intentionally unleashed on our society, for the explicit purpose of destroying our nation after WWII, with the CIA-directed Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF). The CIA is still very involved in how our “popular” movies are produced. Consider what Theodor Adorno, author of The Philosophy of Modern Music (1946), early composer for Hollywood films, and academic authority in the CCF, intended to achieve through a steady diet of “Top 40” billboard hits, against the backdrop of today’s school shootings, opioid epidemic, and suicides:
"What radical music perceives is the untransfigured suffering of man... Modern music sees absolute oblivion as its goal. It is the surviving message of despair from the shipwrecked... It is not that schizophrenia is directly expressed therein; but the music imprints upon itself an attitude similar to that of the mentally ill. The individual brings about his own disintegration... He imagines the fulfillment of the promise through magic, but nonetheless within the realm of immediate actuality... Its concern is to dominate schizophrenic traits through the aesthetic consciousness. In so doing, it would hope to vindicate insanity as true health."
Adorno argued in favor of using mass culture and modern music to trigger various forms of mass psychological breakdown in society, such as:
- Depersonalization, the loss of connection to one's own body;
- Hebephrenia, which he defined as "the indifference of the sick individual towards the external";
- Catatonia ("a similar behavior is familiar in patients who have been overwhelmed by shock"); and
- Necrophilia. Adorno declared, "Universal necrophilia is the last perversity of style."
This is just one example of an intentional proliferation of cultural violence.
Have we not arrived at the point, where indifference to sickness, depersonalization of the individual, ever more shocking shock, and the even sexual love of death has become widespread and acceptable as normal, even desirable, in our society? This willful destruction of our humanity, our creativity, our ability to love ourselves, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, to care for the disadvantaged, and the desire to create a better world for those who come after us, has reached its intended, tragic conclusion. We will either allow it to destroy us, or we shall overcome by rejecting this pop culture of mass death, and reconnecting with a culture of humanity, brotherly love, creativity, reason, and optimism for a better world.
Friedrich Schiller wrote, in his poem Hope that, “We are born for that which is better.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. repeatedly emphasized in his last year of life that poverty alleviation is the key to binding the wounds of racial and civil strife, war, and hopelessness. Poverty and the culture of death are a product of the same evil intention and bring about the same ends. The solution to address such a moral crisis in our society of poverty and cultural degeneracy is one in the same. A new paradigm of economic and cultural progress must emerge, where all people can realize their creative potential.
Families that have the time to provide a loving, nurturing home for their children do not raise mass shooters. Individuals who see their job is contributing to the betterment of the world and the next generations do not become drug addicts. Societies inspired by their achievements in medicine, space exploration, and great art do not commit suicide.
This is why I am calling upon the United States to end the decades of illegal wars and bailouts of Wall Street looters, and partner with China and Russia in building the world Belt and Road Initiative, and adopt Lyndon LaRouche’s Four Economic Laws to save the United States. With a renewed commitment to scientific and economic progress, through a restored national mission, we have millions of productive jobs, which would create tens of millions of meaningful lives, waiting for nothing more than leadership and funding. I am running to represent you in the U.S. Congress and clearly articulate this way out of the culture of death, and ending the curse of poverty, by offering a positive vision for our nation.
A PDF of this statement can be found here.