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William Draves

Leanne,
Great comment! You "missed" nothing in terms of facts and data. Yes, the Futurists were fascists, etc.

You were also right when you questioned whether you were gauging correctly my "intent."

My intent was not to endorse the Futurists. Henry Ford and Edison were anti-semitic, but some of us drive Fords and use electricity. Ghandi was reputedly racist. And, fascinatingly (thanks to you I looked this up too) one of the most famous authors of 100 years ago, Mary Humphry Ward, formed the Women's National Anti-Suffragette League.

My intent, and I guess I didn't communicate very well, was to point out the pull-tug of artists and art over the new century's values.

Thanks for helping me to clarify, Leanne. Great comment, helping us all push our thinking forward.

Leanne

Unless I missed something (and maybe the intent behind your post), the Futurists in 1909 also embraced fascism and said, according to the link you provided: ""We want to demolish museums and libraries, fight morality, feminism and all opportunist and utilitarian cowardice."

That doesn't sound very forward thinking to me nor does it seem to mirror the direction taking place today in regards to the internet (your "automobile")and the impact artists and/or "futurists" for that matter say they want it to have on the world.

This, in addition to article nine of the manifesto which states: "war is defined as a necessity for the health of human spirit, a purification that allows and benefits idealism.", leave me scratching my head.

Had I not clicked on the wikipedia link (and tried, to no avail, to find the source who provided the info on wikipedia) and instead just read the blurb you provided, I would have been grossly uninformed as to what the futurist manifest really was.

So, back to my original question; did I miss something here?

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