The positive significance of the modern decomposition

The positive significance of the modern decomposition and formal destruction of all art is that the language of communication has been lost. The negative implication of this development is that a common language can no longer take the form of the unilateral conclusions that characterized the art of historical societies — belated portrayals of someone else’s dialogueless life which accepted this lack as inevitable — but must now be found in a praxis that unifies direct activity with its own appropriate language. The point is to actually participate in the community of dialogue and the game with time that up till now have merely been represented by poetic and artistic works.

When art becomes independent and paints its world in dazzling colors, a moment of life has grown old. Such a moment cannot be rejuvenated by dazzling colors, it can only be evoked in memory. The greatness of art only emerges at the dusk of life.

As the situationists explained in their characteristically sharp, empty and totalistic rhetoric: “We are only artists insofar as we are no longer artists: we want to realise art.” Even though a critique of representations remained of pivotal importance throughout the existence of the Situationist International, the massive exclusions of the years 1961 and 1962 caused the group to concentrate on the development of a radical and all-inclusive theory on the alienating society of the spectacle and its destruction.

During the first period of the group’s existence, when the development of an anti-art was still on the agenda, Asger Jorn played an important role. Through him several Scandinavian artists became members of the situationist group. The majority of these – among them Jorn’s brother Jørgen Nash – were excluded during discussions about art’s role in the critique of the society of the spectacle.

Prager has condemned two “libels” of Israel. In 2011, Prager called Israel’s apartheid analogy “a libel”. And in 2014 he labelled the charge of Israeli “genocide” a libel. He believes that the genesis of the Israeli-Arab conflict is that “Israel would like to exist and recognizes the right of the Palestinians to have a state; the Palestinians, however, and many other Muslims and Arabs, do not recognize the right of a Jewish state of Israel to exist.”

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Dennis Prager (/ˈpreɪɡər/; born August 2, 1948) is an American nationally syndicated,politically conservative radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker. He is known for his political and social views, and his views on the origins of moral values.

Prager was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Hilda and Max Prager. He attended Yeshiva Rambam and Rabbi Jacob Joseph Jewish day schools, and the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, where he met his future co-author Joseph Telushkin. He majored in Middle Eastern studies and history at Brooklyn College, graduating cum laude in 1970. He went on to study at the Russian Institute (now Harriman Institute) at Columbia University. He speaks and lectures in several foreign languages, including Russian and Hebrew. He taught Jewish and Russian History at Brooklyn College, and was a Fellow at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he did his graduate work at the Russian Institute (now the Harriman Institute) and Middle East Institute from 1970 to 1972. He is a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

Prager also started a website called “Prager University”, that offers five-minute videos on various subjects such as the minimum wage, the Middle East Crisis, and happiness. Video contributors are varied and include columnists George Will and Bret Stephens, British historians Paul Johnson and Andrew Roberts, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks, former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar, several university professors, and Prager himself. According to Prager, he created the site to challenge the “unhealthy effect intellectually and morally” of the American higher education system. New videos are added to the website about once a week.

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