Thought? Sorry, but that's never been a word I applied to most of the Left. When I think of Lefties I don't think of a brain whirring away, but a very large, open mouth and the sound of a braying ass.
So you continually go to great deliberations to point out, always without demonstrating the competing genius of conservatism (or conservatives), or, for that matter, the self-described "centre."
Like two or three other self-described conservative posters here, your theory of what is wrong with the Left amounts to little more than screeching "the Left! The Left!"
Even we braying asses can recognize the empty sanctimony of your obssessive denunciations, and the lack of a coherent critique.
Hmm. The problem with that theory is that what the artsy set considers to be 'quality' art is largely ignored by the mass of the population, and can only survive with government grants. Meanwhile, the more 'crass' stuff is widely popular and has any number of people willing to fork over their own money to see or hear it.
Yes, but as you correctly touch upon with your use of quotation marks, the delineation between highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow is not at all an easy matter. I was using it in its broadest sense: High-end visual arts, the novels of Mordecai Richler, the poems of Alden Nowlan (the only "people's poet" truly worthy of the honorific, in my view), and the films of the Coen brothers and Martin Scorcese, to name contemporary masters. That's what i mean when I say "art," mostly eschewing the notion of drawing sharp parameters around different...let's say classes
of art, which have become increasingly artificial at any rate.
“There is a limit to how much we can constantly say no to the political masters in Washington. All we had was Afghanistan to wave. On every other file we were offside. Eventually we came onside on Haiti, so we got another arrow in our quiver."
--Bill Graham, Former Canadian Foreign Minister, 2007