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Nov 12, 2011

How Close Are We to a Coup?

Who's occupying whom?
In a very revealing 60 Minutes interview, the notorious crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff talks in some detail about his "craft".  We all know he was a scoundrel but do we realize how close he came, while we were all distracted by the dangers of terrorism, to selling the nation?  In revealing some very sobering facts he describes how he had essentially purchased 100 congresspeople!  That is about one third of the federal power structure!  But then listen to this: never did anyone in congress refuse his bribes.  NEVER!  In other words, if he were not caught and arrested, given enough time he could have bought a majority of U.S. representatives!

I don't think one man could literally end up owning the country, but he was not working for himself.  He was simply a thug hired by wealthy corporations to deliver representatives.  So who are the people who are really pulling the strings in Washington, we citizens, the 99%?  Of course not!  It is these same wealthy corporations, the ones who have been reaping the nations's profits for the past 30 years. How did that happen?  Some of them hired Abramoff but most hired other lobbyists who have not been caught.  Nor will they be, as after 30 years of this activity, this is how the nation works now.

It makes me wonder how close we are to a coup.  Or, more seriously, if– as seems to be indicated by the permanence of the influence of money in politics– it has already happened and we are only slowly becoming aware that much as our antics are being tolerated, we no longer own our own nation.

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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.