Gorky Park in Berlin is an excellent park with statues of long
forgotten communist 'heros.'
But the fear in the UK is that this BLM movement (more political and
radical than in the USA) will cause a rewrite of history rather than
an effort to understand, learn, and avoid repeating the same mistakes.
We do fear for the archives as they are pruned to remove contentious
material. At the BBC this is already apparent as controversial
programmes are no longer aired, and are likely destroyed. The BBC has
a reputation for wiping programmes. Even the English Folk Dance & Song
Society has issued a policy statement of removing from its archives
contentious material, and banning any folklorist groups from causing
offence to ethnic minorities.
And sadly slavery is alive and thriving throughout Europe and the
Middle East. This includes the rape of minors on an industrial scale
in the UK, industrial scale drug dealing throughout Europe, even
widespread protests against wearing masks etc. thereby causing spikes
of infections and consequent deaths of older people.
And no-one cares - least of all the authorities - because to do so is
deemed racist and no-one wants to be called that.
On 15/10/2020, Brian Chidester <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I hope I didn't open a can of worms here. Am probably a "far left fascist"
> myself to those in the middle---an "Occupier," Democratic Socialist,
> general naysayer of neoliberalism, et al. But then I don't work for an
> institution. (Careful all ye who do! Don't lose your jobs by getting
> I do, however, think rewriting history to fit the ideals of the present is
> in general a bad idea. Especially if it is rendered from the top down. If
> the masses had a way to vote on the removal of offensive statues, for
> instance, and the local political bodies could assure they were stored
> properly as historical artifacts, I'd be all for that. Public spaces should
> represent democratic values. But it should be measured through the voice of
> the people; not the media and academics.
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 4:15 PM Chris Brady <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Sadly the LOC has decided not to allow folks access to the newly found
>> Langston Ballad Opera starring Paul Robeson - 'The Man Who Went To
>> War..' However we have the original annotated scripts. BTW a 'clean'
>> copy of the scripts recently sold at auction for thousands of $s. I
>> digress. Earlier this year it was mooted.that due to the LOC's
>> intransigence efforts would be made to recreate the Opera. Financing
>> was sought. Then BLM kicked off, inevitably taken over by far left
>> fascists. The interested parties immediately withdrew. We are going
>> to try and recreate another Ballad Opera by Alan Lomax - the Irish
>> 'The Stone of Tory' instead. CJB
>> On 15/10/2020, Brian Chidester <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > <<Without fuller cultural awareness, it's an easy step to feeling
>> > to our forefathers. History is to be studied, not suppressed.>>
>> > Well said. Unfortunately we live in a postmodern culture where history
>> > been largely co-opted by activism---such that injustices of the past
>> > are
>> > being rectified through such measures as creative re-writing
>> > ("Inglorious
>> > Bastards," "Hamilton," "The Shape of Water"), banning/suppression, and
>> > extreme political correctness. I call it "tolerant intolerance."
>> > On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 1:42 PM Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> These types of records sell well on line. I usually call them "Ethnic
>> >> Stereotypes."
>> >> Without fuller cultural awareness, it's an easy step to feeling
>> >> superior
>> >> to our forefathers. History is to be studied, not suppressed.
>> >> My 2 mills worth.
>> >> Steve Smolian
>> >> -----Original Message-----
>> >> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <
>> >> [log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Stewart Gooderman
>> >> Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:46 PM
>> >> To: [log in to unmask]
>> >> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dust yo Digital
>> >> Mel Brooks is probably the best descendent of George S Kaufman (with
>> >> burlesque jokes added) who wrote a great deal of satire, but even he
>> >> often
>> >> went too far.
>> >> In 1927, his satire on war, Strike Up The Band died out of town, and
>> >> didn’t become successful until three years later when his text was
>> >> modified
>> >> and softened by Morrie Ryskind. And three years after that, his satire
>> >> politics and Fascism, Let ‘Em Eat Cake was a bomb, hitting so close to
>> >> home
>> >> that it made people extremely uncomfortable and failed miserably.
>> >> DrG
>> >> > On Oct 15, 2020, at 8:37 AM, Gary A. Galo <
>> >> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> > Right, and Mel Brooks poked fun at himself, as well as everyone
>> >> > else.
>> >> >
>> >> > Best,
>> >> > Gary
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MSc. (O.R.); BSc. (Ind Maths); Dip. Ed. (F.E.); Cert Mgt (O.U.)
Health & Safety Rep. - Unite (MSF/AMICUS) + Brit. Airways
Freelance Investigative Journalist - re:
Rogue Leasehold / Managing / Letting / Estate Agents