About itllallendintears

An(other) English eccentric.

Wilde on Art and Individualism

Oscar Wilde’s The Soul of Man under Socialism is poorly named, given it’s age (first published in 1900) perhaps intentionally so, but is still very much worth reading. His real point is anti-capitalist – raging against the ills of private property, charity, wage slaving, but where he is most eloquent is in the relationship between art and individualism:

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.  Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is.  It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want.  Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman.  He has no further claim to be considered as an artist.  Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

In the current ‘attention economy’ age it has become too easy to confuse the “worth” of art with the views, likes, impressions it generates. This is, of course, intentional on the part of the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. the data aggregators. In terms of “art for it’s own sake” it is sad to see how easily (and hard) we’ve all fallen into their trap.


Get Thee To A BOP Shop!


Here it is! Live from France – BOP Photo Analogies #4! You should get yourself a copy, for the great value price of 10€!

Visit the BOP Shop† today!

† – if you don’t enjoy saying “BOP Shop” consider seeking help.


Presented in the order in which i believe they were taken… almost a year ago.  Keep coming back to them, not sure where they belong. They feel haunting somehow. Perhaps that’s why they’ve stuck with me.

Anyway, if you know the Touch records… a cover for a recording of dark and disturbing organ music, most likely from deep in eastern europe!

A Sequence of (Unlikely) Events

This is not written in the expectation that it is at all likely, but as an exercise in understanding what might be possible with adults in the room who were able to put their factionalism aside. Which is to say that it’s not going to happen!

  • Vote of no confidence is tabled by the leader of the opposition (Corbyn)
  • a caretaker government is installed, lead by whomever can command a majority of parliament for the proposed actions (apparently not Corbyn)
  • an extension is requested with the explicit goal of taking the proposed actions
  • representations are made to the EU for a withdrawal agreement in alignment with the restrictions of the Good Friday Agreement (this likely means remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market, but leaving the political union. Something akin to Norway / Switzerland)
  • a referendum is scheduled with the option to accept the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement or continue the current arrangements (EU membership, A50 revoked)
  • the caretaker government implements the legislation required based on the outcome of the referendum
  • a general election is called
  • the caretaker government steps aside

Despite the obvious issues of using referenda (see 2016!) to solve political issues, given that the current state of affairs it might be the only way to get the toothpaste back in the tube. This is at least more inline with the principle of only going direct to the people for confirmatory votes, ie. where the options are clear and the outcome obvious in all eventualities.

Of course, it might also be too late for all that – a general election could return a Tory + Brexit Party majority, but at least the above sequencing has some possibility of actually delivering closure.

[Note: there will be no more discussion of these issues here. Let the pieces fall where they… May! Sorry that was awful.]