- - - - - - - - - - - - -

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

China arrests artist, do we really want them buying NZ farms?


Yeah, so are we sure we want to sell NZ farmland to a country that arrests artists...

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in UK rights plea
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has called for British Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue of human rights on his visit to China.

He said world leaders should speak out on this issue because their countries profit from doing business here.

Ai Weiwei - one of the Chinese government's fiercest critics - has just been released from house arrest.

He said the authorities did not want him to attend a party to mark the demolition of his Shanghai studio. But he does not know for sure.

He was given no official documentation about his home detention and the security officials who were watching him left his house without a word.

"They left with no notice or explanation," said the artist, who helped create the "Bird's Nest" stadium for the Beijing Olympics two years ago and the sunflower seed installation at London's Tate Modern.


...see i kinda think arresting artists is a bit of a flashing light in terms of human rights, it suggests a cultural arrogance by the State that doesn't bode well, since when are artists such a threat threat they need to undergo house arrest?

8 Comments:

At 9/11/10 12:08 pm, Blogger dave said...

Yeah a flashing light, could forebode rendition, torture, heligunning of innocents, droning of maverick mobiles, more missiles in Cuba, military invasions of new terrorists on the block, drug wars to fund fascist fixes, exploding wikileaks, and who knows what else...after all China still has learner plates.

 
At 9/11/10 12:46 pm, Anonymous Frank Macskasy said...

I can't think of anything more lunatic than selling our means of primary production to offshore investors. The sale of farmland would result in the following consequences;

---> Overseas owners determining where the produce would end up.

---> Profits from sales of said produce would be remitted back to offshore investors.

---> This would further harm our Balance of Payments (with implications for our sovereign credit rating).

---> Competing with richer overseas investors will make it harder for our own up-and-coming young farmers in owning a piece of their own country.

With the planet's population just under seven billion (http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html), the next biggest resource will be fertile land. New Zealand could end up as the "Saudi Arabia" of food production and supplier of clean drinking water.

But if we sell the land, we'll lose control of the means of production and the profits that go with it.

Using my hindsight, if we go down this path, there will come a time mid-century, when the world's population has reached nine billion.

And instead of us making the profits, we will be standing by as others accumulate the wealth that rightly should belong to this country.

I hope we're not that stupid.

But after "The Hobbit" debacle, I hold no such hope.

 
At 9/11/10 4:02 pm, Blogger Wayne said...

"see i kinda think arresting artists is a bit of a flashing light in terms of human rights, it suggests a cultural arrogance by the State that doesn't bode well, since when are artists such a threat threat they need to undergo house arrest?"

Well maybe you don't know the full story, and even if you did what the fuck has that got to do with selling farmland? Afterall we have just sold to the Americans and they are doing things like occupying other countries right now, and murdering innocent civilians in those places.

Even if it is unwise to sell farmland to overseas interests, this surely has nothing to do with the arrest of some social misfit in China(and yes, look at the guy, he looks like the sort of trash who would benefit from a spell in prison).

A lot of these artists, are just the scum of the earth. They produce, sick, decadent forms of art for a sick, corrupt, bourgeois class (not that I think China is socialist anymore - but sometimes they get things right).
These so called 'artists' contribute to society not one iota.

Stalin shot a whole bunch of these parasites in the late 1940s,early 1950s, I believe. Great fucken job.

I propose the same - it would be good for the moral health of society. In fact it would nurture artistic creativity - healthy art, that is.

Note the old Soviet Union had the greatest violinists,the greatest pianists, classical musicians, and dancers. And the Chinese eight model works, are among some of the most virtuosic, moving works of art I have ever seen and heard.

Yet in the West (and unfortunately in capitalist China now) there are these sick, depraved fuckers who think making hand impressions in pig shit is 'art'. They should all be decapitated.

 
At 9/11/10 4:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love generalisations about nations.

Look at these Afghans, forcing underage children to marry old men, manufacturing heroin and worshipping a barbaric religion.

Do we really want to grant these people refugee status?

 
At 9/11/10 11:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yet in the West (and unfortunately in capitalist China now) there are these sick, depraved fuckers who think making hand impressions in pig shit is 'art'. They should all be decapitated."

Well they're not depraved fuckers they're only idiot hipster urban liberals but I accept its hard to tell them apart.

LOL 3 years at Elam and they're pinning empty marlboro packets on a wall as an installation on K'd as a testament to their artistic genius.

Decapitation unfortunately is a sudden and premature demise. I prefer they live their lives trying to break through and gain critical recognition while working nights as a dishwasher (true story dat) while their hopes and dreams slowly die.

 
At 10/11/10 8:30 am, Blogger Bomber said...

Wayne you have become with this post so crazy that I have nothing but contempt and pity for you. You are the problem Wayne and no one sums up the real mindset of China than you do. Your desire to kill all the artists is so shocking I don't think you understand how other NZers see your thoughts, but I want them to see your thoughts, recoil from them. I don't think people who want to arrest artists and kill them should be allowed to stay in the country, I think your ideas are better suited away from this liberal progressive democracy. You claim that the issue can not be connected with selling farmland, you are utterly wrong, your mind set shows us that you are simply a fascist who would have led a night of long knives if you could.


""Ko kore ou tikanga e tareka e koe mo tou Mana Matuhake
Kua riro ke koe e te tikanga o tetahi atu"

"When you fail to sustain your beliefs, sovereignty, freedom,
you become lost to yourself and subsumed by those whose systems and customs you must now serve""

You are a cancer Wayne that needs to be exposed.

 
At 10/11/10 8:40 am, Anonymous the eye of sauron said...

Wayne is surely just trolling, in my mind he's got to be some sort of right wing stirrer who is trying to cast aspersions on China and Chinese ambitions. It's a good running gag though.

There was a small part of me that thought maybe he's actually for real...but nah..surely not!!

Keep it up buddy!

 
At 10/11/10 8:42 am, Blogger Bomber said...

And as for you you bitter little quisling...

Well they're not depraved fuckers they're only idiot hipster urban liberals but I accept its hard to tell them apart.

LOL 3 years at Elam and they're pinning empty marlboro packets on a wall as an installation on K'd as a testament to their artistic genius.

Decapitation unfortunately is a sudden and premature demise. I prefer they live their lives trying to break through and gain critical recognition while working nights as a dishwasher (true story dat) while their hopes and dreams slowly die.


...that you would side with our man from Beijing to target artists shows how ridiculous you are. Who cares what artists do on Krd? i can see you jealously walk past them not in their loop and from the tone in your post so desperate to be in it.

Why kill artists anon? Why? Just because you feel so alienated and jealous of them, they don't deserve death anon. I imagine you would have been a book burner anon.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home