By Kyle | July 4, 2009
So say gay Brit artists Gilbert and George, who point out that socialists want everyone to be the same but “we want to be different.”
George always votes Conservative and claims never to have been anti-establishment. “You’re not allowed to be Conservative in the art world, of course,” he says. “Left equals good. Art equals Left. Pop stars and artists are meant to be so original. So how come everyone has the same opinion?
And at the same time, “Margaret Thatcher, Revolutionary” is the Weekly Standard cover story:
The New Statesman’s explanation was accurate but astounding: “When Margaret Thatcher was asked what she had changed about British politics, she answered, with uncharacteristic immodesty, ‘Everything’–and it was true.”
It praises this remark by the author Claire Berlinski from her book “There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters”:
Yet one of Thatcher’s deepest beliefs and main achievements–her hostility towards, and defeat of, socialism–is suddenly both topical and contentious again. Though Berlinski was writing before the financial crisis got into full swing, she argues that socialism has been “buried prematurely,” that it is “on the ascendant” in Latin America, “on the march” in Europe, is “the real message” of the antiglobalization movement, and that it would be “the fault line of the coming century” in politics, as it has been since the French Revolution. Thatcher’s great historical significance was that she had “perceived these forces, and for a time mastered them.”