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A Welcome To The Website
Welcome to The Liberal Arts Cause. Please scroll and browse the page and read the Statement of Purpose, further on, at the conclusion of this page. Whether, as actor, impressionist, or writer, cartoonist, and motivator, activist, in the many ways I do, and the ways many do, I seek to contribute. I have started this site, as a home for freedom of thought and freedom of expression. It combines the personal with the professional, the political with the poetical. This site does not have one view, of the word, often distorted, which is liberal. It does not mean “bleeding heart,” nor “neo-liberal.” It is for a liberal attitude and a movement, that is more subtle and has more strength, than a “knee jerk !”
It shall go beyond multiculturalism, or moral and cultural relativism, with a sensibility that is humane and a sense of humour! If traditionally, philosophy, is amongst the liberal arts and humanities, the necessity, practically, to develop Liberal ideas as an art form, should be humanity’s decree! The art of Liberalism needs to be cultivated.
In particular, this site avoids, something which might be found elsewhere, sometimes, for example, as a feature of certain student campuses across the Atlantic, the tendency, even amongst those who profess liberalism, to illiberal intolerance of other opinions, calling things offensive, when what is the case, is merely a difference of opinion, or a different way of explaining it, not to one’s liking! Safety first, can make sense, but the desire for safe spaces, ought not to lead to a bunker mentality. Swearing and direct and obvious insults, name calling, are not liberal, and shall not be accepted, but are not the same thing as disagreement or criticism. In the well meaning desire to avoid the cesspit that the internet can become, there is a danger of sites having, a form of social media, cleansing ! To not want to attend a School for Scandal, is understandable, but this does not mean we should turn into a Sunday school at best, a correction school at worst! But the political forum that has been referred to as the bully pulpit, in it’s modern form here online and on this site, shall be no place for bullying! I often find party politics, off-putting, whichever way we look at this, though, be assured, I shall not be a party to putting people off politics. This is a site that encourages others to input, and if that is so, it is for liberal, social interaction, but that is not libertarian, self indulgence!
This site is mainstream, and as radical as it could, or sometimes, should, be, it is, appropriately for an online venture, a moderating influence, in it’s political preferences, rather than it’s technological tendencies! in a political and technological terrain, that is, it has to be said, increasingly, extreme and chaotic, moderating here shall only be to dispel and defeat extremism and not to avoid chaos! Although it is a noble desire to avoid it, there are ways and means whereby it is best avoided!
And one of the main purposes of this site, is that it celebrates and encourages, interest and involvement, by individuals, in the arts or cultural field, for the betterment of our society. It continues work begun and ongoing, both online and elsewhere, by me, and takes it forward, and takes with it, with me, and any who join me here, those who inspire, or who are, inspired…
John Stuart Mill Ovid
Philosopher, Liberal mp Poet, exile
” I smell of nothing but scrubbed liberty and polished independence!”
Cyrano de Bergerac
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the novel, was banned
The Cradle Will Rock, the production, was stopped
Actress Helen Gahagan Douglas had her run for Senate thwarted by smears from Nixon and his associates!
Don Quixote John F. Kennedy
Symbol of idealism Democrat U.S. President
Giuseppe Verdi Domenico Modugno
Composer, liberal patriot, mp Singer-songwriter, activist, mp
Harriet Beecher Stowe Josiah Wedgewood Designed Pendant
Author and Abolitionist Anti-slavery Symbol
Baroness Floella Benjamin Joan Baez
Performer, liberal politician Singer, human rights activist
“Among the liberal arts…let us begin with the art that liberates us.”
Michel De Montaigne
“I read Shakespeare and the bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education!”
“The word liberal has always been associated with the arts…any political creed must be sensitive to its effect on civilisation.”
“At a time when politics deals in distortions and half-truths…truth is to be found in the liberal arts.”
Joyce Carol Oates
“Scope for all sorts of mental culture… room for improving the art of living.”
John Stuart Mill
“Note too, that a faithful study of the liberal arts… humanises character and permits it not to be cruel.”
The Statue of Liberty, is symbolic of liberty itself…
The poem, The New Colossus, featured on the plinth of it, is symbolic here, of artistry, arising from liberty and yet advancing it.
It was written by the wonderful poet and progressive activist, Emma Lazarus.
Sir Peter Ustinov Audrey Hepburn
Actor, UNICEF Ambassador Actress, UNICEF Ambassador
Leonard Bernstein Ida Lupino
Composer, conductor, activist Actress, director, producer
Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Charlton Heston, the civil rights march on Washington
Vaclav Havel, playwright, dissident, later President of the Czech Republic. In 1990 he received the Prize For Freedom from Liberal International.
THIS IS THE LIBERAL ARTS CAUSE
A Statement of Purpose
“We live today in dangerous times, but was it not ever thus ? Did the citizens of the ancient civilisations in antiquity, not sit side by side the most uncivilised behaviour. And did they not make art? Were the DeMedicis of Florence not contemporaries of the Borgias of Rome? Did the Renaissance not precede the Inquisition? Was the first Elizabethan era not threatened by the Armada? Surely the Age of Enlightenment, was the name for something that had somehow always been there, and in a sense never would. Yes we live in dangerous times, yet wonder if it was ever thus.
But now, more than ever, we can speak our mind, and now, more than ever,we must. A few can shatter buildings, where people once, went innocently going about their business. Or they can vandalise buildings, where people once, were innovatively showing us their brilliance. But they cannot destroy an idea, if an idea is worth believing in! We will always remember 9/11, and Palmyra is part of our world. An idea can become an ideal, and an ideal can be made real. What is imagined in the human mind, and made with human hands, must be maintained, and more.
To create, is to cultivate. The artist is an amateur, the arts are much loved. The artist is a professional, the arts can be hard work. The artist is a dreamer, the arts help us dream. The artist is a thinker, the arts make us think.The artist is a student, the arts are worth studying . The artist is a teacher, the arts teach us so much. The artist is an actor, singer, dancer. The artist is a writer and a painter. And the arts, in each act, are a song and dance, a writing of wrongs and a putting the world to rights, or a painting of a picture, of what might be. Within, all artists could be free radicals, without each artist, there would be a monoculture.
We need the arts, for a better quality of life. While the needs of the artist, are for a greater equality of living standard! Too often the contrast is between public art and private achievement, between subsidy and success. The truth is in between and beyond. What is necessary is fulfilment of potential. In order to achieve this, we must improve our political culture, and do so, on the political stage. If politics is the art of the possible, then political artists can make things possible. Here is the context of a cause and a setting for it’s significance. Where classical liberal, can mean relating to the classic arts, and being socially liberal can mean relating to their social value.
This is the Liberal Arts Cause. It is a cultural prospectus, for liberal democracy. It is a rallying cry, for realising freedom. It is the reasonable hope, that we be responsible with it. It is cultivating liberty, and liberating artistry. It is articulating a cultural liberalism, as a liberal revivalism.
Give an honourable mention, to the best of human intentions, enrol in the Liberal Arts Cause and extend the honour roll!”
The Liberal Arts Cause
This site welcomes debate or discussion, comments and contributions. You can get in touch at the email above.
The category Mill’s Turn, is for Liberty, and thus can be a useful forum for ideas, the category Ovid’s Kind, is for Artistry, and therefore can be an individual platform for the arts.
Please feel free to read and engage with postings, which are listed under the headings at the side, under, Categories, click Mill’s Turn and Ovid’s Kind, easily accessed at the side bar, where a younger Orson Welles, is pointing! This brings you to the various postings. And that brings us to a more mature Orson…