Against the Culture of War

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some thoughts from my sketchbook:

Art that connects with daily life. Imagery connected to local place. Regional folk traditions promote solidarity / solidification of community through physical expression of common values. This localized emphasis is not isolationist but commited to solidarity and common struggle with other locally rooted cultures against the dehumanizing, assimilationist pressures of globalized mono culture.

If we in the United States have also been colonized, so long ago that our cultures, values, and customs have become fully absorbed/identified with the cultures, values, and customs of the elite, imperiealist, capitalist slave masters and their system of corporate fascism, how do we recreate our own culture of liberation? The community empowering creativity and folk cultures derided by the mass culture as quaint and out dated, moved forward and evolved with our own social and cultural context.

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