Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the virtually unlimited application of Eminent Domain. The seizure of individuals' property-- private homes and small businesses-- by government, to be turned over to Wal-Marts and huge monied developers building luxury condos for rich people, which has been happening throughout the country, has been legalized. We see the continued imposition of monopoly and extreme wealth on the American economy.
LITERATURE years ago was captured by conglomerate monopolies and by the nation's wealthiest class of people, who operate hand-in-hand, side-by-side. Which group of writers stands forcefully, vociferously, without pause, without compromise, against this artistic dictatorship? Only the Underground Literary Alliance.
When most lit people see Rick Moody (Hiram F. Moody III) they see the pose he's constructed of sensitive liberal pseudo-hip artiste apparently divorced from the sins and happenings of the world. When I see Moody's involvement with arts foundations, colonies, and government agencies, I see the representative of big monied interests.
The question is how long lit people like Nathalie Chica and Maud Newton will continue to live in their self-created Disneylands, blind to the way society and arts creation and promotion ACTUALLY works?
Fool or knaves? Knaves guiding fools; an island of cynical magicians and demi-puppet illusion.
The only way the monopolistic art situation can be overturned is through the force of ideas. Our campaign from the first has been a war of ideas. When we "crashed" readings we were attempting to argue our ideas-- to introduce dissent into a closed lit-society, of go-along writers, which had shut off debate about the realities of who owns literature and how it operates.
We aren't going to make change by whispering. The ULA mocks and attacks because we need to awaken brains; to cause writers in the System to THINK-- a proposition which for them is truly scary.