Comparisons

Being in Third-Reich-Austria at an early age,
and then returning to my birthplace 24 years later,
afforded me a unique historical view.

My piece bearing the title
Violence Under the Guise of Art
contains aspects of the Aftermath and Aftereffects
of the Third Reich that have not yet
been brought to the fore.

The present is a key to the past
and vice versa.

The Aftermath and the Aftereffects
exceed being a Shadow and an Echo.

Is Actionism* a follow-up
of days gone-by
that have actually
not quite gone by?

Was the Brown Baton passed on?
Did the Actionists grab it
and fill the gap?

Is Actionism the old spirit
in a new garb?

Violence has been integrated into the arts
and poses as a protest against violence
of a brown hue..

Actionist anti-humanist deeds and declarations
cry out for comparisons.

Comparing today’s diction to yesteryear’s
more than makes the case

Actionism is not a catharsis for barbarism.
It is a bona-fide ideology and mode of behavior.
.
The perpetrators of the Third Rich
showed the Actionists the way.

Advocates of Actionism espouse
extreme forms of violence
with no holds barred.

Actionist dedication t
o promulgating inhumanity
is unadulterated.

Actionists are providers
as well as doers.

Actionist violence borders on crime,
and at times
transcends that border.

Violence Under the Guise of Art
is a money-making operation.

Sado-masochism sells.
Sadism is a bestseller!

You have to hand it to the hucksters;
their forerunners had inhibitions
about declaring themselves.
They have none.

The idea of packaging violence as art is brilliant,
and labeling it as anti-fascism
is a stroke of genius.

It is not an easy matter
to defend the indefensible
(even for a genius).

The powers-that-be
present the tormenting of man and beast,
as well as the abuse of minors and children,
successfully (so far).as ant-fascistic art.

The proponents of Actionism
do not engage in a debate,
since they know that they do not have
a polemical leg to stand on.
Thus there is no alternative
to cancelling the critic out.

As it is, everything is hunky-dory.
The anti-fascists are fighting fascism,
the purveyors and perpetrators
of Violence under the Guise of Art
are enjoying international fame
and someone comes along
and tries to gum up the works.
No wonder they do their best
to cancel the critic out.

I give them an A+
for effort.

No doubt about it.
Third Reich inhumanity was the precursor
to today’s Actionist cult in the arts.

The Third Reich fought
almost to the last man and the last bullet.
If barbarism had been declared as art,
the enthusiasm would have been even greater,

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*Vienna-Actionism

Parting Shot

With the anti-fascists we have,
who needs the genuine article?

* * *

Actionism and Revisionism

Revisionists are those who expound
Brown ideology through a Beige filter.

The fact that the Revisionists
have latched onto attacking Actionism is self-evident!
That provides them with a smoke screen
for their own surreptitious dealings.

Calling attention to the violent proceedings
of the Actionists provides of the Revisionists
with a smoke screen that helps deflect
from their own dealing.

Revisionists defend the barbarism
that inspired Actionism.

The Revisionists deny that
Violence Under the Guise of Art
was inspired by Third-Reich barbarsm.

Revisionists concentrate on excesses of the Left
and soft-pedal the crimes of the Third Reicht,
as well as those of the contemporary Hard-Right.

By “opposing“ Actionism,
the Revisionists help perpetuate it.

A Revisionist is opposed to violence
when it is perpetuated
by those of another political hue.

Actually, the two “rival” factions
“complement” each other.
They are competitors,
rather than adversaries.

No advocate
of Violence under the Guise of Art
was ever prepared to discuss there matters.

Violence Under the Guise of Art
is grist for the Revisionist mill.
What a boon and a blessing for them!

Sometimes the wrong man
says the right thing
for the wrong cause.

Demagogues don’t always lie.
They tell the truth when it serves their purposes.

Demagogues combine lies
with half-truths
and the truth.

You can conjure up falsehoods,
but you cannot conjure up facts.

A demagogue cannot turn a lie into the truth,
nor can he turn the truth into a lie.

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The Source

There are similarities in the approach
to matters concerning the war
in Germany and Austria –
but there also considerable differences.

Austria was the source and is the source.
This is where the innovator of 20th Century cruelty was cultivated.
This is where he acquired his philosophical bearings
and founded the ideology that made him what he became.

Hitler left Austria for Germany
and established himself there
before taking his show on the road.
He returned to his birthland with his entourage
to the cheers of multitudes
bringing his countrymen into the brown fold.

Germany annexed Austria, palpably to be sure,
but the question is which entity
annexed the other spiritually?

Hitler was a hit in German
But in Austria, pardon me,“Ostmark,”
he was the Song of Songs.

* * *

In a Nutshell

Hitler had pocketed Europe
and he had Stalin beat.
He would have prevailed
if the Japanese had not attacked Pearl Harbor
and the British had not held out,
providing the United States
with a pied-à-terre.

Draw your own conclusions!

Hitler and his paladins had provided
the perverted philosophical basis
for a conflagration
that raged for six years

In the Final Stage,
The Third Reich was razed.
Was the basis razed?

* * *

You need a Kujau
to forge e Rembrandt,
but for a Beuys
an Oberhuber will do.

***
Man braucht ein Kujau
um ein Rembrandt zu verfälschen,
aber für ein Beuys
genügt ein Oberhuber.

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The people you should know
are the people you wouldn’t want to know.

 

-Herbert Kuhner