POLARIS on Culture and “Class”

The crucial factor in progressing contemporary population towards the realization of truly Human society lies in the values that members of our society  possess. Economy and politics rely heavily on Culture.

The humanitarian mission of the so-called middle class can not be overemphasized, even if much have been said about the dangers this demographic might pose to democratic rule. These risks have been described by Wilhelm Reich, one of the figures behind the 60s sexual revolution. German sexologist—soon to be found clinically insane—has written extensively on the National Socialist movement in Germany, describing it as a middle class rebellion. But such an offense appears to confuse the facts: even the name of the movement clearly expresses the workerist agenda: it’s a socialist movement, obviously at odds with the ideas of the Enlightenment: such as education, arts and accountable science.

We welcome the positive change that artist community and phenomena such as Occupy Wall Street exemplify. Occupy X gathers all the people concerned with overthrowing the control that financial capital has over our lives. Echoing Jürgen Habermas, who recently spoke of a necessity to revive the European Project, POLARIS joins the demands for the accessibility of a public university as well state funding for other institutions: museums, philharmonics, theaters etc. We are not of the type to stop the show: it must go on, because Culture is an important drive not just for the peace & equality, but for economic regeneration as well. Occupants of Teatro Valle in Rome have recently expressed such insights.

Financial system built on corrupt banking has been criticized by such thinkers as Franco Berardi Bifo. He demands cognitariat to take control of a revolutionary wave and save Europe from foreign corruption. His ideas on ‘knowledge producers’ is very close to Richard Florida’s celebration of the creative class and must be looked into by all activists of the day: seemingly opposing each other as protagonists or opponents of financial capital, essentially these schools of thought rely on preserving the Culture. POLARIS positions itself among their ranks.

Gentrification is usually good news, for there is nothing more unhealthy for a city than a monoculture of poverty. As Reuben Greenberg, the African-American police chief of Charleston, South Carolina, has said, “Urban problems are caused not by poverty, but by the concentration of poverty.” Gentrification rebalances a concentration of the culturally primitive by providing the tax base, rub-off work ethic, and political effectiveness of a middle class, and in the process improves the quality of life for all of a community’s residents. It is the rising tide that lifts all boats. (The American Enterprise, April/May 2001, Volume 12, Number 3, accessible here)


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