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The return of Artist collectives
Is there any art collective today comparable to the beat movement? What about anything like the San Francisco Renaissance? The Harlem renaissance? The lost generation? Is there any art out there that speaks for the masses? Shouldn't this ring our alarm bells?

I'm worried about the masses. That they can no longer be mobilized. And to be clear I don't think electing Obama was a movement of the masses. It was a movement to elect someone to do the actual moving for us. It's been a year and we're already back on our asses. Where is the social efficacy I read about in High School government class? Where is the community responsibility? Where are the artists more interested in a coordinated artistic community than their own individual advancement?

When politics stagnate and apathetic comfort rages it's the responsibility of artists to temper the flame of the masses. It is our responsibility to do something and it has always been the artists who have been able to nudge popular opinion in the direction of change. THINGS FUCKING CHANGE! It feels right now that we have forgotten that. I'm not blaming the artists, I'm blaming us who have let it get this way. But I don't see things actually changing without a catalyst.

I'm afraid that we might have to wait for a catalyst before the masses mobilize and cry out for change. Isn't it a bit ironic that in this era of easy communication we have a harder time getting over ourselves. Communities are on the verge of collapse across the country. Must we wait for them to actually collapse before we do something?

How do we go about forming collectives invested in causing change when no one wants to listen? It comes back to the artists in my opinion. They are the ones who force sleeping eyes open.

Will anyone ever again write a poem like Howl?

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
Andel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.
If we don't act soon it'll already be too late. I'm not happy with America right now, is anyone?
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