Corgan asks web visitors to read rants by anarchists, LaRouche 12:17 am // Wednesday, February 18, 2009Posted by jjb in billy corgan, criticism, news, politics, smashingpumpkins.com.
Over the weekend, the webmaster of SmashingPumpkins.com — acting at the behest of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan — posted two articles to the band’s recently relaunched discussion boards, asking that fans talk about the contents.
The first posting is a 2006 piece entitled “The Fine Art of Criticism: A How-To Guide for Aspiring Journalists” published by an anarchist collective known as CrimethInc. This “satirical” guide begins with an indelicate salvo:
Those who can, write; those who can’t, write reviews. Writing reviews is the surest shortcut to a sensation of power for those who lack the dedication necessary to create something of actual worth. In passing judgment on others’ work, the reviewer experiences a fleeting high of self-importance cheaper than any other.
The second posting is a partial transcript of a rant by paranoid conspiracy theorist and perennial Presidential wannabe Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche makes the somewhat appealing point that an ideal culture would uphold “values extended over multiple generations”, but he also drops the absurd claims that, in the decades following World War Two, “Art…virtually disappeared” and “Science deteriorated”. Yeah, that’s why the Beatles broke up shortly after man walked on the moon. But, you know, it’s fucking Lyndon LaRouche talking.