Regarding the Human

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Oh dear all the problems – first of trying to choose what to exhibit and then how to!

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A selection of my life drawings will form a solo exhibition from 4th to 18th March in the centre of Lewes, East Sussex.

“in the room the women come and go …”

Through 2016, I maintained the project to post one life drawing every day – they are all collected here – and a selection are included in this show.  Some are small, some large (and the life-size figures above may not find space) – I am reeling, writhing and fainting in coils as I try to choose the final list.

Do visit – and email me for an invitation to the private view on Friday 3rd March

Open March 4 to 18  

You are particularly welcome at the weekends, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 to 16.00, when you might join me for a cup of tea or coffee.

Also open during normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9.30 to 13.30, but check there is no booked event – phone: 01273 476469)

The House of Friendship, 208 High Street, Lewes BN7 2NS  

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A day of victory for the politics of fear, loathing and division

Trump won around breakfast time (in England) today.

This is the response of DiEM25. Do read, spread, and join DiEM25!

Donald Trump’s victory marks the end of an era when a self-confident Establishment preached the end of history, the end of passion and the supremacy of a technocracy working on behalf of the 1%. But the era it ushers in is not new. It is a new variant of the 1930s, featuring deflationary economics, xenophobia and divide-and-rule politics.

Passion has returned to politics but not in a way that will help the 80% left behind since the 1970s. Passion is now fuelling misanthropy. Passion is exploiting the anger of the 80% to re-arrange power at the top, while leaving the 80% moribund, betrayed and divided. And it is our job to stop this. It is our job to harness passion in the cause of humanism.

The Establishment’s folly is causing its demise. Unable to come to terms with the economic crisis they created, they crushed the Greek Spring because they could. They pushed the majority of British families into austerity-induced hopelessness. They committed millions of Germans to mini-jobs. They conspired to keep Bernie Sanders at bay. And when Golden Dawn, Brexit, the Alternative für Deutschland and Donald Trump were the result, they responded with a mixture of condescension, denial and panic.

Politics is undergoing a shake-up that the world has not seen since the 1930s. A Great Deflation is now gripping both sides of the Atlantic, re-kindling political forces that had been dormant since the 1930s. President Trump’s use of Mussolini-like tactics and narratives is a mere symptom of the rendition of that bleak era.

 

What should we do?

The spectre of a Nationalist International that is upon us (from Trump and the Brexiteers to Poland’s and Hungary’s governments, the Alternative für Deutschland, Austria’s next president, Marine Le Pen) can only be defeated by the Progressive International that the Democracy in Europe Movement, DiEM25, is building in Europe.

But, clearly, Europe is not enough. Progressives in the United States, those who supported Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein, must band together with progressives in Canada and Latin America, to build a Democracy in the Americas Movement. Progressives in the Middle East, those who are shedding their blood against ISIS, against tyranny as well as against the West’s puppet regimes, must band together with progressive Palestinians and Israelis to build a Democracy in the Middle East Movement.

In 1930, our ancestors failed to reach out to other democrats across borders and political party lines to stop the rot. We must succeed where the others failed.

Today, on a day of victory for the politics of fear, loathing and division, we pledge to take the fight to the Nationalist International, to form an effective Progressive International and to bring passion back into the service of humanism. 

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Building on the Built

Building on the Built 2This arrived by email yesterday, so I’ll now have to see what can be done for tomorrowBuilding on the Built

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