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August 31, 2013 - 12:05 am

Miley Cyrus’ behavior at the VMAs was grotesque, but isn’t new; Madonna and Lady Gaga have given us plenty examples in recent history. And even back in the 1930′s, there were several slutty grotesque performers. But which comes first? A society which exemplifies this behavior, or lewd behavior which leads to a societal downfall? Watch this Afterburner with Bill Whittle to find out.

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Interesting video, as always, but I believe that everyone is overthinking this whole affair with Miley Cyrus. One day I will do a full-length write-up on this, but for now let me put it this way:

Have we not heard time and again that conservatism is the antithesis of art? After all, if art comes from adversity, then should not art be inherently liberal? It is load of hogwash, in my opinion, but that has been the norm in the country for the last 80 years. When we conservatives complain about the “liberal media” we cannot seriously mean that it was ever really balanced. A cursory glance at the classics of “old Hollywood” will show a majority of liberal heroes and conservative villains (remember, for example, that a strong point was made that the prosecuting attorney in Miracle On 34th Street was a Republican). It’s a culture war that was lost during the FDR administration – but after 12 years of one hardcore liberal president, there was no going back.

Conservatives have never really grappled with the American culture in the years since WWII. Reagan, of course, was an exception, but only because he understood the power of the popular media and how to wrangle it in his favor. He didn’t learn that as a politician.

But what about Miley Cyrus? Well, I’m almost 30 and yet I can remember all the girls twerking back when I was in elementary school. In those days it was only seen in rap videos, and while rap always identified itself as black music, it was never contained there. Even then, twerking never seemed to be that shocking, as the whole in-your-face sex thing had been toppled by Madonna back in the 80s. It was old news. But that is how it works.

For example, separate sexuality, violence, and the rest for a moment and consider language: anybody who lived through it will tell you that the F-word was virtually unspoken prior to the 1960s. The word was regularly used by young liberals and as the years went by it became a regularly accepted staple of American vocabulary. Like the twerking example listed above, it has been in our elementary schools for a long time now.

Thirty years ago we might have said, “So what? Madonna is a grown woman, she has the right to flaunt her naked body.” Or, “The movie is rated R. If the F-word offends you, don’t go see it.” All that is true. But the fact that such things are so heavily marketed make them socially acceptable. Social-Conservatives fight gay marriage and illegal narcotics, but doing so is tough as long as homosexuals and marijuana are portrayed as hip and harmless. You don’t want your daughter to twerk, fine. But how are you going to do it? Make her listen to Pat Boone? It ain’t gonna work.

I honestly believe that if we were to go back and see Miley Cyrus in her Hannah Montana days and ask if she would be willing to sing that song and twerk on-stage, her response would be an enthusiastic “Yes.” She recently turned 20; expect the next shock girl to be 18 or younger when this sort of controversy happens again.
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I can't help it, I'll always love the "meat dress". It was such a thumb-in-the-eye to PETA.

However, I guess Gaga more than made up for it with her worship of gays....
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Huh, on the one hand, Levin's book gives the possibility of political reform, if the people want it; we see the somewhat brutal, near-psychoprison mentality of the Germans against Christian homeschooling families, and the US is not far behind; and Miley Cyrus is the harbinger of a coming societal psycho-social melt down.

And Obama has won the game, saying: I'm going to go to war to protect the Syrian islamists, whenever I choose; I'll give you a few days to stop me if you care enough, but don't complain to me later if you don't come home early and at least make a show of caring.

Levin's book can only help the people who themselves want to be helped. And so long as Americans give Miley such an enthusiastic audience, I don't see that too many people care about anything but circuses.

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Although you are usually one of my most admired authors on the internet, I find myself puzzled by your hostility to the music of Kurt Weill, particularly to "Lost in the Stars". The song is not from the period between the Wars but from a musical that opened on Broadway in NYC in 1949, based on Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country". The song is indeed about a crisis of faith and Paton did think the musical didn't emphasize the religious point of his novel as much as he desired, but the nature of most of the book's plot didn't offer many opportunities to insert a toe tapper. Nevertheless the musical's ending was a moving scene of two men who had shared the tragic loss of their sons, reaching past their pain and racial divide to try to become friends.

The strong leftist slant of his works from the Wiemar years are more attributable to Brecht's book and lyrics and when forced to flee Germany he enthusiastically embraced the U.S., writing music and other activities supporting the war,even becoming an air raid warden and a naturalized citizen.
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