[-empyre-] art and ethics

Saul Ostrow sostrow at cia.edu
Sat Jan 23 13:16:17 EST 2010


Perhaps the 14th amendment should have been an affirmation of the rights of all citzens of the United States, regardless of color, religion or national origin


On 1/22/10 5:43 PM, "Christiane Jetztzeit" <cpr at mindspring.com> wrote:

Your point is well taken.  However, I find your statement somewhat opaque: "But the thing is, u hv to ask why a special amendment isn't required to guarantee the basic rights of regular Americans."



On Jan 22, 2010, at 1:58 PM, Jun-Ann Lehman wrote:

Perhaps the reasons for introducing the 14th amendment were flawed. Freed slaves shouldn't hv needed to be singled out as a separate entity requiring basic rights if they had been regarded as a part of the mainstream post -constitutional American population in the first place.

If the 14th amendment was challenged, it could solve a lot of problems. The thing is, no one would dare because it guarantees basic rights for freed slaves. But the thing is, u hv to ask why a special amendment isn't required to guarantee the basic rights of regular Americans. Freed slaves should hv been regarded as Americans protected by the American constitution. Perhaps that's what the 14th amendment should hv sought to achieve - the INCLUSION of freed slaves, not their exclusion.

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On 23/01/2010, at 7:44, Gerry Coulter <gcoulter at ubishops.ca> wrote:


Not to worry Christiane -- Americans will continue to get the politicians they deserve (as do we all)



best



gerry


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From: empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au [empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au] On Behalf Of Christiane Robbins [cpr at mindspring.com]
 Sent: January 22, 2010 12:20 PM
 To: soft_skinned_space
 Subject: Re: [-empyre-] art and ethics




Actually, I find the unleashing of corporatist art to be among the very least of worries as a result of yesterday's ruling.



I'm certain that others can offer a far more delineated and informed accounting.  However, in the interim, for those of you unfamiliar with this stunning ruling ( some are referring to it as a coup ) from January 21, the US Supreme Court basically has overtly transformed our democracy to that of an oligarchy - all under the aegis of the guaranteed right of free speech to all " individuals , " including "corporate personhood."



Specifically, and in abbreviated form, the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was created at the conclusion of the Civil War granting basic rights to freed slaves.  Since that point in time it has often been utilized by attorneys representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as "artificial persons." However, in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were "persons" and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, the States have lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.  In other words, corporations came to acquire rights reserved for individual citizens.




The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that corporations (and unions, lest they not be counted!) now have no limits on their financing political campaigns to any political campaign or candidate.  Connecting the dots is rather a simple task in this situation.  And this was all done to ensure free speech...




I'm hoping that  others can parse this issue for a better understanding -




Chris



















On Jan 22, 2010, at 8:26 AM, Timothy Murray wrote:




Nick, could you explain your reference to the recent Supreme Court


ruling to our -empyre- community, since a major proportion of our


-empyreans- live outside the US?  I'm also wondering why you think


that a ruling regarding political lobbying (if this is what you're


referencing) would unleash a genre of corporatist art.


 Thanks so much.

 Tim


international participants...but how to de-link these states seems


impenetrable - like the recent Supreme Court ruling that will


certainly unleash a whole new genre of freely circulating


corporatist art, no?








nick














From: Johanna Drucker < <mailto:drucker at gseis.ucla.edu> drucker at gseis.ucla.edu>


To:  <mailto:jhaber at haberarts.com> jhaber at haberarts.com; soft_skinned_space < <mailto:empyre at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au> empyre at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au>


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Subject: Re: [-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 62, Issue 13





John,





Much different. I agree.





I do want to make a space for art that is not tasked with being the


moral conscience of the culture too.





Johanna





On Jan 11, 2010, at 4:09 PM, John Haber wrote:






The analogy to rebranding is very interesting indeed, in an excellent




post.  Let me ask more about it, though.  Now, to me it's only an




analogy, and of course whatever venting we may wish to have about




torture and Israeli policy aren't instantly illuminating regarding art




except as a kind of red flag.  (Hey, there's injustice in the




world, so




don't let it happen in this realm.)  Indeed, it could actually




disguise




the problem, by suggesting distinct realms after all, which the whole




problematic of complicity in art is supposed to question.  Thus, my




question would be this:  if the political analogy is silence, then




does




that open possibilities for art, in which making visible is part of




the




game?  Now, I realize that acknowledging something, as argued well,




doesn't make it go away.  But it's still different from silence.









John




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