St Louis Under Attack

Goodness, now they are trying to destroy the St Louis statue in St Louis! It’s a beautiful statue, a real work of art. It means a lot and it symbolizes the French history of this area. He’s a grandchild of Alfonso VIII (the Spanish king who won the Navas de Tolosa Battle) and a son of Blanca de Castilla. This is a very important part of Latin heritage on the continent.

I have no idea how removing any trace of the Romance culture from this country serves the goals of diversity. It’s also really really upsetting that, among all the problems that black people in the St Louis area have, it’s a completely innocent statue that’s being singled out.

13 thoughts on “St Louis Under Attack”

  1. “no idea how removing any trace of the Romance culture from this country serves the goals of diversity”

    I think the thinking goes roughly: “Romance = Latino = Mexican….. uncool! uncool! uncool!”

    Is it just me or are Mexicans in particular (despite being a super majority of hispanics in the US) kind of missing in the whole diversity movement?

    Or more likely the crowd frenzy has reached the “something old! let’s break it!” stage.

    They’ve already destroyed statues in honor of emancipation and women’s rights so the statues aren’t the message anymore, which as so often happens with these things degenerated into wanton destruction for the sake of destruction.

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  2. In other (OT) news, the New York Times (after celebrating the sexual utopia for women that was the USSR a year or so ago) has now declared the rantings of a violent paranoid schizophrenic to be a valuable contribution to the feminist movement….

    One, does this mean that feminists are crazzzeeeeee?

    Two, why does any self-respecting person pay for the New York Times anymore?

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    1. “why does any self-respecting person pay for the New York Times anymore?”

      Since some of Clarissa’s readers have too much self-respect to contribute money to a rag like the New York Times (which even has the nerve to charge for its one-page online posts), would you mind naming this crazy woman so we can google her name?

      Thanks!

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        1. “Valerie Solanas, best known for shooting Andy Warhol and publishing the SCUM Manifesto”

          Thanks for the info! I remember the SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto very well — one of my nutty girlfriends back in 1970’s California gave me a copy to read.

          Whatever the current New York Times says about her, the article is correct that Solanas’ ideas were very much aligned with the nascent movement then known as “Women’s Liberation.”

          Here’s one of their famous posters:

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  3. As a Jew, I hate Louis IX for burning the Talmud in 1242. If only this was happening because people are becoming woke to the evils of book burning. 😀

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  4. People rip down buildings and statues and replace them with other things all the time. There’s a lot of repurposed marble and bronze out there. I’ve visited a lot of it.

    See, I wonder what will replace the statues. It’s not as simple as a renaming proclamation and repainting street signs. Do you have any thoughts or theories?

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    1. “I wonder what will replace the statues

      My guess would be nothing – the post nation state doesn’t want or need statues. The post nation state is not going to spend money on things to make life nicer for citizens. This is the tip of the ‘austerity in public spaces’ lance.

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      1. The public statues are less about making things nicer for citizens than they are an expression of collective values in public spaces. [There are a lot of butt ugly statues and badly made carvings in public spaces.] I don’t think there are personages people will agree to exhalt by a large plurality. And public spaces have become so crabbed,restricted and regulated over time. Even commercial public spaces have shrunk so much. The modal citizen right doesn’t take a lot of “uneccessary” trips now.

        Either nothing will replace them because the function of statues like that are gone, or something will replace them because people tend to give directions by landmarks, and if you get rid of the landmark, they’ll keep referring to the landmark anyways. [It’s where the old gas station used to be. It’s where the Simpsons statue used to be.]

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        1. “public statues are less about making things nicer for citizens than they are an expression of collective values in public spaces”

          The expression of collective values in public space is a way of making nicer for citizens as is general making public space more… nice (for lack of a better word). Public space with no expression of collective values is a shopping mall or a parking lot… utilitarian and/or purely commercial (both of which lead to alienation).

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    2. “People rip down buildings and statues and replace them with other things all the time”

      I have no problem with that process, but if it’s in public spaces I prefer that it be done through the rule of law rather than the rule of restless mob…

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      1. I’ve lived in different countries and on different continents. I’ve lived through times of serious historic upheaval. But this is the first time I’m seeing crowds of angry, ultra-privileged idiots running around making the streets unlivable for normal people while everybody around is making endless excuses for them.

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