Kekrage has broken out in Britain. The left is mobilising against an art gallery that has featured speakers and iconography from the Alt Right.
Our position has always been that the role of art is to provide a vehicle for the free exploration of ideas, even and perhaps especially where these are challenging, controversial or indeed distasteful for some individuals to contemplate. We had thought that if it was to be found in any discipline, then art should have exemplified this willingness to discuss new ideas, but it has just become apparent to us that this sphere now (and perhaps for the last few years) stands precisely for the opposite of this.
... In our exhibition we explored themes of memetics, the occult, male frustration, kek, artificial intelligence, algorithms..etc which are some of the topics currently faced by our generation.Source
But it seems the Left's much vaunted passion for dialogue and engagement doesn't extend to Europeans who do not want to become an ethnic minority in their ancestral living spaces.
The gallery's owner, Lucia Diego, has put herself beyond the pale by admitting to some sympathy with Trump.
Last week, in an Facebook exchange with artist Sophie Jung, Diego described the left as “more like a fascist organisation than the real fascists” and indicated her support for Donald Trump, writing: “I’m not even sure if I disagree with the Muslim ban. I see it also as a temporary measure in order for America to get sorted while they transition to another form of government.”Source
Crazed leftists are now trying to literally shut the gallery down. They have already vandalised its external facade and the gallery owner, Lucia Diego, now fears for her life.
You have to marvel at the absurdity of this. The "gallery" wasn't exactly a prestigious exhibition space. Located in a drab building in a run-down area, few people had heard of it or its owners before this controversy blew up. This kind of mob reaction is a heresy response, something profoundly irrational.
The act of heresy evokes an enraged impulse to silence and expunge. It is exactly what you see from Muslims when a Koran is burnt or from Jews when someone dares to suggest that antipathy to them may not be entirely unjustified. In each case a heresy response indicates the presence of a religion, an idea of the sacred that has been infringed by the offending party. For Muslims the Koran and Mohammed are sacred; for Jews, it is the Jews themselves (bizarre and sinister self-worship); for the Left, what is sacred is the idea that People Are All the Same and only varying life circumstances produce varying life outcomes. Note that the Jewish idea of what is sacred and the Left's idea of what is sacred are polar opposites. One affirms a people's uniqueness; the other denies any people's uniqueness. Yet Jews have been able to instrumentalise the Left's ideology in various ways to advance their own much narrower ethnic agenda.
Time will tell if heretic Lucia Diego survives her mandated witch-burning.