I’ve always enjoyed certain periods of art, and like a stick in the mud, bitched about most of the modern varieties. In the past, I’ve even written about how I thought art had turned away from true beauty, and entered a realm of reactionary or rebellious tendencies, viewing provocation in art for provocation’s sake as truly symbolic of a great work. Funny enough, Dr. Cantor in the lectures featured herein touches on that.
Needless to say, I was a big fan of the lectures, and while I likely would not have sought out for 10 hours of lectures deeply tied in with libertarian thought, I very much enjoyed them. That said, whenever I tend to take an idea at face value, I do get a little skeptical, and many of the claims made by Dr. Cantor against the idea of the solitary artist, while often justified due to the disgusting culture of artistic modernism, I viewed as demeaning to individualists in art.
Additionally, with Dr. Davies speech I was very enthralled, and his vision of industrial history I had also written about, as I believe the end of history by competition conquest marks the beginning of history by competition by constructive aims. I very much so enjoyed his speech, however, I do remark that I believe we study the conquerors and wars of history in a sense because it is the history of our origins, and of whose ancestral ties we are descended.
This would answer to quite a large degree why American curriculums and focuses of history are far more often Euro-centric, as compared to Asia-centric, Afrocentric, Semitic-centric or Hindustani-centric (though to be fair the history of Europeans and Indians is shared as the history of Proto-Indo-Europeans and Indo-Europeans at a far enough point back). We tell the history of the European conquerors, because, by and large, we are descended (once-over ancestrally, and many more times over culturally) from the European conquerors and their armies, not their opponents’ dead fodder.
Nevertheless, I very much so enjoyed both speakers and their insight, and below is my take on their genius, wisdom, and speeches. I hope you can enjoy!