Does anyone actually write about the interface between politics and music in this discussion group?
I guess, like a lot of political parties, it has been hijacked by those with vested interests. Apart from writing classical music I also write seriously, and quite politically, as an environmentalist/practical and theoretical philosopher. Perhaps a contentious argument that I put forward, as regards the ecological dilemma caused by and faced by mankind on this planet today, is that modern Western artists are, in a way, profoundly and collectively culpable:
In an age when the greatest beauty on earth, the whole living fabric of this planet, is being piecemeal devastated by 'corporation humanity' is it not rather perverse, mindless to be politely absorbed with creating endless secular realms of 'coffee-table aesthetics', or perpetual incantations to mythical deities also largely servicing human self-ingratiation?
The great revelation of Renaissance art, I would contend, was the first real invocation of a natural divinity, beauty, profundity invested freely in mankind and in living nature. Ultimately, this gave rise to the virtual credo of human affirmation - O what a piece of work is man, how noble in reason ... how like a god ...
But what sort of reason or faculty, what sort of god or angel, what creature so express or admirable would egoistically augment only its own numbers and expression, to the point of devastating, perhaps destroying the magnificent garden of its own genesis?
One might argue that the new Renaissance in art must forge the clear iconography of man, not as the epicenter of his own introverted, dismal, and doomed universe - but as the cultivator of symbiotic expression here on earth, allied to the collective desire for infinite expressive exploration?