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May 17, 2011

Who Stumps for Democracy Any More?

It's becoming too easy to cave into cynicism when the revolving door between government and big business becomes this blatant. After approving a huge Comcast media merger as Commissioner of the FCC, Meridith Baker gets hired by Comcast as a lobbyist. If she were just 4 months faster, she could have saved a phone call by simply lobbying herself! And– get this– Comcast, according to PaidContent.org, "was exceedingly careful throughout the merger review not to be seen as gaming the system and has been in overdrive to improve its public image." THAT was their "exceedingly careful" strategy? 

Such behavior enrages both right and left, leaving us with the distinct impression that it doesn't really matter what the little people think any more. This only exacerbates a steady erosion of faith in our system by the public, who really aren't that stupid. Remember there was a time when citizens made personal sacrifices for the sake of the nation, like contributing their valuable cooking pots to WWII metal drives. That kind of community solidarity seems awfully far from today's world of survival in the jungle of clever spin by monstrous profiteering conglomerates.  

I long for a world where its the beings, and particularly the human ones who are important. I don't want to be captive to cynicism. If anyone knows of a better solution than the Universal Conscience for ultimate protection of the humans please, please share it here!
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.