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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:02 am
Siding with Cage against Branca

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imomus
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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: "They never lose their cool."

Well, this is perhaps the most interesting part of the Cage question. Cage's position here includes both the political desire never to judge anything or anyone ever again and the political need to judge, siphon and discriminate.

I think it's roughly commensurate with the difference between arguments concerning "culture" and arguments concerning "politics". In cultural arguments, nothing can ever be wrong, it's just context and custom and "how they do things in their culture". In political arguments, you constantly make "tough choices" and value judgments. Obama "invalidates" Guantanamo and aid which denies abortion rights. That's his job, that's what we expect him to do.

Art uses both methods -- cultural ones and political ones. It is culture, of course, but it's also a series of choices and decisions with political implications.


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