Standing Rock to Fort Wayne

My friend is asking me how the experience of Standing Rock for two months inspired me before moving back to my hometown in the Midwest.

To let you understand, as an artist, the art crowd has traditionally been very liberal ever since the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts. I worked in the arts industry in different capacities for nonprofit organizations and the State of Nevada as well as running my own art gallery, Blue Lyon, in Reno. We even had a victory party for John Kerry, but oops–he didn’t end up winning.

But over the course of a decade I made the transition to leaving the liberal mindset which I had witnessed to be very “gimme gimme gimme” especially in the area of the arts. I was never fond of this idea–the worship of the dangling carrot. My motto was “art is not a charity“. Independence is strength.

Standing Rock certainly opened my eyes. The most interesting situation I can relay is when the veterans came to Standing Rock, retired veterans were there to defend the water protectors against the corporate mercenaries who were shooting at our people with rubber bullets, and smoke bombs, etc. in fact I came with a veteran from Reno to Standing Rock. He left after a couple days but I stayed for two months.

The veterans were a big show. It was planned that the national media would pay attention that day. They did. It was a ruse, subterfuge. Every national media outlet I could name was there and guess what? A day or two later they announced that the county would not be giving the oil company the rights for the pipeline! The news was telling the world that we won and the veterans had put on a good visual show.

This was not the case.The water protectors did not win. One month later the county basically said “no we were just kidding”. Now by that time the media had zero interest in standing rock. This was December of 2017. The veterans event was worse than a joke, it was kind of sabotage. It was a way for the media to come and portray the water protectors as the big winners against the multinational oil corporate monster. My conspiratorial mind was provoked.

See, I was for those rednecks in Nevada at the Bundy Ranch who were going up against the Bureau of Land Management and their guns one year previous. When I got to Standing Rock it was obvious I was almost alone in that regard since the Bundy’s are white. Standing Rock was so focused on race, the Indians, even though the pipeline didn’t touch their land it was only close, everyone was focused on race, oppression, the whole liberal storyline. Seeing it all firsthand my own view was solidified, this was simply government against the people–BOTH events, all people, all Americans, however the tricky part was we use the shit out of that oil supply daily, all of us. Obama never came to save us. He knew that he would be out of office soon. Besides he was busy selling offshore rights for drilling. Of course the Liberals don’t mention this but the reality is Obama is no protector of the environment.

Trump never pretended. Immediately he protected the oil corporate interests and the cries from the water protectors of “foul play” in regard to the hired mercenaries and their military style frontline violence, well, ignored. Lots of people went to jail. Lots of people were injured. I even wrote for our publication there at the camp, Oceti Sakowin. Huge viewership.

When I came back to Indiana around February 1st, I wanted to do a speaking tour about Standing Rock, I was writing a book and I had plenty to say, however, when it gets down to the point where you need to make a clear statement, I never quite knew what to say other than there is hypocrisy amongst the protesters. We all use tons of oil and we should not pretend that these people are the enemy, they are our suppliers.

See, Trump never pretended because he is for strengthening American business once again and he always was. I was always hoping that Trump would win the presidential race because I did not see a viable alternative in the candidates however I never felt confident enough about my preference so I did not vote.

There are so many games being played it is astounding and the mainstream media is not a sideline issue, I call them the single worst problem that we have in America. The fact that so many politicians and the entire liberal media, including many publications, are so astonishingly against Trump, and relatively speaking, for petty reasons. This tells me much. This guy is an outsider in the cave of professional wolves.

I think the liberal camp hinges too much on hypocrisy, distracting from the reality of life as it is. You can’t pretend you’re against war and capitalism and continue to pretend the government should pay for everything. Racial division is their biggest game and it’s a destructive game. It’s distraction.

Trump has been clear about his desire strengthen America’s independence. I believe in his sincerity.

The most interesting point on all of this is the fact that pipelines are MUCH safer than any alternative of transport and much more efficient as well. Do they leak? Yes they do. Yes they absolutely do so the concern, instead of NO PIPELINE should be SAFEST possible pipeline.

I even got to go to Tribal Council meetings 2 or 3 times and see it all first hand. Amazing process to see. And to learn about  the truth of what the Department of Indian Affairs is and that is they are the leash keepers of the Federal Government and it’s crumbs. I got to know tribal members with various views on all of this and I got to experience the tactics used against us such as shutting down their lifeline, that highway that leads to Cannonball and the Standing Rock reservation and their biggest income producer which was the casino. I got to see it all. I even sat through the UN meetings there which focused on the excessive force used by the mercenaries. They did horrible things, this is true but not all of it was unprovoked. I got to see protesters antagonize our opponents and destroy private property while the elders prayed and shook their heads. I’m glad I stayed out of jail. I had planned on being injured and going to jail, however once I got there, I realized this would have been pointless. I think the racial points of the argument (Native American rights) was a bit unfair, however, like all good tactics, it worked to rally people and attention.

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Tooth Saga 2018 (8 min. vid)

Abraham Maslow, the famed psychologist said the arrogance of creativity must be balanced with humility.

Word.

Behold, my latest artistic masterpiece.

A few Vids from the latest Fishbowl

Hyde Brothers Booksellers hosted me the other day and I got tons of streaming footage. You’ll need to click thru to find a segment to watch and feel free to skip around and see what it’s all about.

Yes, I YouTube

Fishbowling started for me in 2007, in the days of MySpace but my social media start was really with Tribe, a lesser known network and for my first 2 Fishbowl outtings (Then called Artistfishbowl) I wasn’t incorporating social media interaction. Facebook was only 3 years old at the time, officially, but I didn’t go to Harvard. If you know me, you know that today I’m addicted to Fbook.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Facebook

But I also do YouTube. I’m run a window cleaning business so you’ll see vids for that there but scroll down if you’d like to see footage from the fishbowl in years past.

my vids: https://www.youtube.com/user/nadasorg/videos

NadaSorg YouTube Page

5pm, January 21st through 5pm, January 26th, (central time zone) I’ll be fishbowling in Hyde Brothers Booksellers in Fort Wayne, IN., US. phone: 1 (260) 424-0197

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We (Still) Publicize

“Publicity gets a bad rap from those who would pretend that art is separate from business. For those of us who regard art as a profession, we publicize. We’re Western culture’s offspring, we’re capitalists and we publicize.

The passion can still be there in the creative making, the art is still art. I like the term “talk value” as it applies to public relations because it directly pins together what matters about talk: it can be of value…”

via We Publicize

To My Non-Liberal Friends

I’m a fan of Robert E Lee. He came from a family important to the foundation of the United States and before. In his own lifetime he saw the states grow into one nation which he was opposed to. He did not find value in the centralization of the government and like Thomas Jefferson whom his own family elder Richard Henry Lee confided in and colluded with, anti-federalism was a concept which agree with the idea of a loosely organized confederacy of states in which he believed. His nation was Virginia. 

How all encompassing should one government be? Does anyone today actually know what fascism means? We can observe nature to see that monoculture is not tenable. Cels or packets of life is how diversity is preserved and government should appeal to the same model of decentralization. Fascism stomps out free speech and variable viewpoints. 

Agree with them: fascism sucks. Long live these independent united states.

“The General Lee”

18″ x 24″

Oil on canvas

Chad Sorg

2017

Inspiration Patronage

In a confined space, alienated, yet on display I’m seeing what it means to practice creativity – be an artist. Why do it and where does it come from? Individuation is the subject matter. What makes me me?The oneness we all hear so much about is really about becoming myself, fully. I don’t need to compromise by becoming a merger or a union. I am multifaceted and there are many parts to me but I am one and you are one and in this way we are one. We are not each halves or partials, we are each complete as we work to attain our completion. In this, together, we are complete.

To say I am you makes no sense, but rather: you are me. You are me and he is me, those are me, and she is me. This is me. We all live in the fishbowl, we all live in a yellow submarine. We’re looking for the singularity and here it is: I. To thine own self be true. This way to another man you’ll never be false. Shakespeare.

It is a patronage that I’m looking for. For centuries art has proliferated by patronage. Everyone from Benjamin Franklin & Leonardo da Vinci to Nikola Tesla & Georgia Okeefe agree about the need for solitude in pursuing creative endeavors. Inspiration comes when the receptor nerves are open and unencumbered. The free mind is cultivated.

But art is not a charity. It is a mistake to think of the patronage system as a donation center and the patron as a donor. From this giving there is some getting. Inspiration is a radiance. It’s not a one-way conduit. It is a luminosity flowing outward from within all who are in its reach. Inspiration is a process of decentralization. The breath of life radiates from the light of creation.

This is how things get started. The beginning of everything comes from inspiration and from the sharing the effect is multiplied.

Small Towning

I always notice the hand painted sign marking the house with farm fresh eggs for sale on country road 109. One of his neighbors sells carports. Rolling hills across the landscape don’t stop for the asphalt and the speed limit was 55 between the green golf course and green striped corn fields. I had a window job at a lake house and people had their fishing boats out just off the shore. It’s sunny and perfect today and the cars were spaced evenly with 100 yards between each. My day was over, my work day, at lunch time and I didn’t feel like driving fast.Columbia City should be very proud of its courthouse. Round spires rise from the four corners and the style is reminiscent of the Swiss or some such culture. The town is getting ready for a street fair but today is Wednesday and the booths are all sitting ready to go but the streets are empty. I stopped off at a sports bar for some chicken wings. Small-town America is alive. I got a box of new paints so tonight is another art making night for me. Window cleaning funds my habit.

http://www.AppleseedWindowCleaning.com

Ayn Rand, a Hero of Mine

Ayn Rand pulls out the self-righteous irritation from the collectivists. While they pretend to be against capitalism and free market individualism they enjoy the gratification of self that this society provides. Cheap gas and mobile phones.The truth is always in the middle isn’t it? Giving up the self for the collective isn’t freedom and unrestricted selfishness leads to oppression. How can both views be true?

Rand’s book on social philosophy “The Virtue of Selfishness” prompted one journalists to ask her why she chose such a title and she replied “for the same reason that you reject it.”

As a writer and intellectual she knew how to turn heads – get attention – isn’t a title supposed to do that?

But as a reader my job is to read and comprehend beyond titles. Digest meaning. Rand was an atheist. I’m not an atheist, I’m agnostic – influenced most by Buddhist thought – but I also understand some points from the field of philosophy in regard to metaphysics called dualism versus monism.

There are two realities ultimately for a human, this material reality and then one beyond, the spiritual reality so to speak. That’s dualism but the different shades of monism say there’s only one reality. From within this monistic division of metaphysical thought there are two: The materialists and the idealists – there is only matter or there are only ideas.

I’d say that I’m the latter, a monistic idealist. One philosopher from history that discussed this line of inquiry was Berkeley. I contemporary physicist working in the field of biology – theory of evolutionary biology – is Dr. Amit Goswami. His theory is that we have evolved by way of desire: how we want to become. Google for yourself if curious.

The point is I don’t think Ayn thought entirely the way I do but I can recognize the strength of her argument in the field she spoke to and that was political philosophy. Individualist versus collectivist philosophy.

If giving to charity were required is it still charity? What would it mean to require giving? So the dichotomy rand would have us looking at his control from the collective versus control from the self. Who’s in charge? Me or us?

An essay of hers I would recommend is the creator versus the parasite. It’s included in the book the new intellectual. It makes the creator in all of us feel powerful and important. The parasites are those who would create nothing on their own and reap reward anyway. We have to understand the kind of spectrum this would lay out. She said the conservatives are the worst in this regard because they are doing nothing to bolster the power of the individual and seemingly the job should belong to them.

The Liberals only want a monolithic collectivist utopia so their thought is clearly not suited for individualist philosophy.

And what would the Buddha say? Salvation is found in the self. He said don’t believe anything I tell you: find out for yourself.

When folks try to argue against Rand’s self-centered Objectivism with the philosophy of the Buddha’s selflessness they have to understand Rand was talking political philosophy not metaphysics. She was speaking to this material world only and I think that’s why the Buddha had the same attitude about the self. The self is all we have in this world and everything comes through it.

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