Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 02/03/2001

[Music - Die Fledermaus]

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday March 2, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

[Music up, music down!]

The other day I was talking about contemporary culture. I mentioned an antidote to it, a book called From The Fountainhead To The Future by Alexandra York, founder of American Renaissance for the Twenty-first Century. Today being Friday, "inspiration day," I want to quote a passage from the title essay:

"We who would set our feet upon a path to a renaissance of high culture face strong opposing forces already well entrenched & hard at work to further debase our culture. There are many in the country who would return us to a period of 'Bread & Circuses' at best or an era of primitivism, tribalism, collectivism, occultism & all manner of escape from reality (& responsibility) at worst. There are many also bent on creating divisions where none need exist: between black & white, between men & women, between mind & body, reason & emotion, art & meaning. Raw sensationalism pervades pervades TV, movies, the visual arts, popular fiction, music & sex, as it must in the absence of values. The media mongers trip over each other in their rush to explore the souls of serial killers, rapists & child molesters, but few even think to explore the souls of heroes, creators & achievers. We live in an age that is emotionally conflicted, & much of our art & most of our institutions reflect this conflict. Without valid values as guides, we are offered the false alternatives of emotional indulgence or emotional denial, encouraged either to let our feelings run hot & wild without the restraint of reason or else accept reason sterilised into a cold, rigid formalism that anesthetises feelings; look to contemporary music for especially salient examples.

"But let us not despair! If nothing else, the destruction has been so devastating that a new path may now be cleared to redirect our culture toward re-examined & redefined values. In order to gain energy for the charting of a new map from the ideological starting point, however, we need fuel - emotional fuel. This means nurturing not only the mind, but the heart & soul as well. This means championing beautiful & life-affirming art & the ideas that inspire it. Or to put it in reverse, we must champion rational, life-affirming values & the art that expresses them, for fine art IS values made physically manifest. In a society where increasingly militant group identity causes polarity, we must seek commonality among individuals who share universal values & eternal truths that hold for all humankind. In a time where 'decaditis' is fracturing contemporary history literally into ten-year bits, we must honour timeless verities. In an artistic climate that glorifies ugliness, we must revere beauty."

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