Video: Never Accept Ugliness as a Form of Beauty…

This is a really well put together video by Paul Watson of Info Wars, talking about how modern architecture is yet another victim to the social engineering of the Fabian Socialists.

It’s fifteen minutes long but with well constructed segments to back up a solid argument that social outcomes are driven in part by the ideology of those who create the environmental space. Nicely presented, albeit rather disquieting to contemplate upon.

The Fabian Window.  “Remould it closer to your hearts desire”...

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176 Responses to Video: Never Accept Ugliness as a Form of Beauty…

  1. mikebrezzze says:

    I made that mistake one time, a divorce rectified that!

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  2. indiana08 says:

    I saw this video yesterday. It’s similar to things he’s said about marxist and their need to make people accept ugliness. It’s not only in architecture designed to oppress the human spirit but also the need for marxist to make ugly people acceptable or rather make ugly acceptable. That’s part of the fat acceptance movement. It’s not about accepting people who are a little over weight or not making fun of people. It’s about accepting morbid obesity as “normal” when the human body was never meant to be that size. Feminism is the same. Rush said it was for ugly woman to get acceptance into the mainstream. Just look at these women. A lot of these types of women get uglier the further left they go. Just look at Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus for example. Marxist (the left) are self hating vile people who project their sins on to other people. Rather than raise themselves up, they need to tear everything down around them.

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    • Sherlock says:

      It’s to degrade, to shame, and to make us feel helpless. It’s to force the absurd right up in your face, and force acceptance, then “celebration”. It’s the reason they try to convince us that a Decathlon winner named Bruce Jenner is now somehow magically a female.

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      • georgiafl says:

        To destroy individualism and replace it with collectivism.

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      • dalethorn says:

        It gets a lot worse. At first, the Wikipedia entries were changed so that all “he’s” were changed to “she’s”. Eventually a few intelligent people complained that “she” did not win the men’s decathlon, so Wikipedia changed most of the “she’s” to “Jenner” to avoid the pronouns. But it wasn’t 100 percent successful, not because they missed a few, but because they made the Communist’s decision to avoid categorizing Jenner as “he” in all cases, ever. And that gets absurd after awhile.

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        • Sherlock says:

          The left is anti-science. Every cell in his body was fixed as “male” at birth. Perhaps they haven’t heard of chromosomes. You had a fully functioning male body, nothing feminine about it. Muscle mass, skeletal, chromosonal, testosterone levels–the works. What was screwed up was his head. Every honest shrink and every honest MD knows this, but they are just cowed into submission.

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    • piper567 says:

      I am not being critical, or sexist, indiana, but your arguments, with which I agree, specifically re feminists, made me think of Michael Jabba the Hutt Moore…When I look at him I sometimes think soon he will not be able to get his larda$$ out of his director’s chair.
      We are, what, supposed to think these things don’t matter?
      Your last sentences are also spot on.

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    • Tegan says:

      Lena Dunham comes to mind….who else? (project their sins on other people.)

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      I made a comment along these lines in the style watch post before seeing this and I agree with PJW – this is intentional and all around us.

      As a woman I tend to notice the things geared towards women more. The most recent commercial from Special K comes to mind. It seems innocuous, maybe you didn’t notice, but if it comes on pay attention to the real message. It’s contentious and ugly. There are tons of commercials and campaigns like this.

      Lena Dunham’s never ending nudes serve this purpose as well. She’s been photographed on a toilet. It’s truly revolting and it serves their purpose of destruction of traditional Western and Judeo Christian values.

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  3. MrE says:

    We need more of this:

    And LESS of this:

    MAKE ARCHITECTURE GREAT AGAIN!

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    • Sherlock says:

      Legoworld.

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    • wondering999 says:

      The video is so funny and so true! I’ve been wondering since I was a kid — how can the adults/authorities think that something so ugly should be put up? We do need homes for a lot of people, it’s true — but *attractive homes* built for human beings, not these eyesores.

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone rebel against the ugliness this way. Well, in the old Cold War Days there used to be slams against ugly “Stalinist architecture” in the “Eastern Bloc” — but nobody would criticize the atrocious buildings in our home territory. This rant warmed my heart.
      Well said, Paul Watson!

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    • Clearly, the architect in the lower picture was attempting to escape the UglyPrison! Have you noticed there were a couple of clumps of years when architecture unaccountably turned out beautiful buildings? Early 1960s (public buildings), some time in the 1980s (homes)? Same for cars, but reversed. A couple of clumps of years of ugly cars, then back to beautiful cars.

      I’ve often wondered about what is going on in our culture at these times and what causes the sudden changes/reversals

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      • ediegrey says:

        I think cars are atrocious – when you look at old cars it just breaks your heart at what they look like today.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I love the Painted Ladies. We have a few in our town.

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      • The Recent Republican says:

        Both of these houses are Edward Hopper-style pieces of candy colored beauty. Compare them to the “McMansions” and stylistically cold, unwelcoming modern homes that are getting built everywhere in Los Angeles.

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    • Realist says:

      At least the ‘Elephant’ building in Bangkok which you show has a sense of humour about it there is also another building in Bangkok called the ‘Robot’ for obvious reasons,

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    • Mike says:

      ACK! to the lower one. That’s stomach churning.

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    • RG says:

      Any Rand – “The Fountainhead.” Just shows that this leftist crap has been around a long time. I am glad to see a young face bring forth how architecture is influenced by society and many times, the ills of society.

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  4. Sherlock says:

    Thank you so much for posting this video. Great explication of yet another leftist, soul killing enterprise–living spaces as social engineering, block housing and government buildings designed intentionally to resemble prisons or hives, to crush individuality, freedom, and beauty.
    Sort of like what they’ve done to fashion, art, theater, movies, industrial design, and darn near everything they touch.

    The hood ornament on a 1930 Packard had more style and beauty than any entire vehicle built today, and a small English cottage more soul than a thousand of these monstrous block houses.

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  5. Kristin says:

    Good good video!! Pass it on!

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  6. Sam says:

    Modern buildings *are* ugly. And I believe its a look into the souls of the architects who design and build these monstrosities and city politicians who approve such designs. Ugly buildings are being built everywhere these days.

    We could not duplicate those glorious cathedrals like Notre Dame. And we can’t even build the turn of the century ornate public buildings we used to build. No one has the time for fine craftmanship or the money it costs. Progressives cannot build anything beautiful because they do not believe in beauty for its own sake, much less to glorify God. The postmodern builds ugly things because they themselves are ugly inside.

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    • Magagirl says:

      Beauty takes you closer to God, since He is all beauty.

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    • phoebehb says:

      “Time’s arrow always points down.”

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    • NickD says:

      Even Sagrada Familia–a basilica in Spain that’s been 100+ years in the making and has cost much in time and treasure–looks positively grotesque when put next to Gothic, Baroque, and even Romanesque parish churches

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      • Beenthere says:

        Thank you for saying that. I’m still trying to understand why it’s considered beautiful. To me it’s a hodgepodge of confusion that has a,shadow of a cathedral.

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      • Jimmy Jack says:

        I thought it was just me who thought this! I thought I was missing something. Lol. Thanks

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    • RC says:

      Modernist architects in the 1950s through 1990s would never design a traditional house with a porch, individual front door, operable windows with a vertical emphasis and a pitched roof . . BUT . . they all lived in heritage Craftsman and Queen Anne houses in older neighborhoods with those very features, allowing that these houses were very livable.

      Mind you, to preserve their avant-garde credentials with colleagues, modernist architects invariably painted the exteriors of these heritage houses a single color — either off-white or a dark grey — to minimize the beautiful detail.

      Thankfully, a few architecture schools returned to their roots and have begun generating traditional architects who are the envy of their peers. Old is now COOL.

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  7. vikingmom says:

    In “The Rage Against God” author Peter Hitchens (brother of famed atheist Christopher Hitchens) recounts his own return to faith, which was fueled in part by coming to appreciate the beauty of old world architecture when compared with the ugly attempts of modern uniformity. This appreciation for unique and lovely creations led him to understand the role of a Divine Creator. Fascinating book – would highly recommend it!

    (The other main factor was that he lived and worked as a journalist in the USSR for many years and he saw the abject failure on every level of socialism/communism.)

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  8. quintrillion says:

    They’ve done the same to automobiles. Sad.

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  9. CeliaHayes says:

    Well, you could watch this, or check out P. J. O’Rourke’s “From Bauhaus to Our House” – a savage evisceration of modern architecture. Until I read it – I knew that I hated-hated-hated modern architecture with the passion of a thousand burning suns, having been exposed to many agreeable American and European examples of domestic and civic architecture. After I read that book, I knew WHY I hated it.

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  10. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jn
    10:10 Run EVERY leftist act through that filter. Every leftist act is one or more of these 3.

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Amen.

      And the Bible tells us in the End Times things will be called good that are evil and called evil that ads good. PHW’s here andcon women’s beauty ideals always make me think of this from the Bible.

      We are fighting a spiritual war that has taken on physical manifestations.

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  11. Minnie says:

    Fascinating.

    I always enjoy PJW, this video opened my eyes as to how far “modernists” push social engineering.

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  12. BAM says:

    The same uniformity has been occurring in housing, implemented through the universal building codes. Regional house styles disappearing, replaced by modified salt boxes that all look similar. The UBC does not usually take into consideration local geographical or weather conditions. It’s a one size fits all situations. “Sad.”

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  13. PDQ says:

    same with Art (paintings) being done bu AI’s (robots).

    nope.

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  14. Sandra-VA says:

    Paul is so full of wisdom…

    He is exactly right about the soul crushing greyness of “modern architecture” and why it is lauded. As he is about most things he rants about.

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  15. NJF says:

    He’s done few of these and as always, he’s spot on.

    He also did one about pop culture itself, but the screen cap scares me!

    This one has some saltly language.

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    • dalethorn says:

      Remember when kids used to listen to music? Mostly our parents thought it wasn’t really good music, as it was transient stuff, mostly forgotten as we got older. Beatles, Bee Gees, whatever. I suppose there are still a lot of kids listening to some popular music that has a melody, but a huge portion of recorded sound that’s directed at kids today are “urban” recordings, lacking melody, full of hate, and directed at anyone who escaped the ghetto or never lived there. I remember protest music from the 1960’s that talked about certain aspects of our civilization that were becoming degenerate, but that protest music wasn’t hateful, and certainly not racist. Hard-core “punk” music came along in the late 70’s and flourished for a handful of years, but it was a marginal genre, and died out for all practical purposes. On the other hand, the sometimes-violent rap that got started in a big way circa 1989 with NWA’s cop-hating recordings, is still being churned out by the big recording companies, and is still inspiring a lot of kids to become little “thugs” in their home territory.

      I only mention this because music is inspiring to kids of each generation, and if their ears are filled with pro-thug anti-police lyrics on a daily basis, it’s going to hurt them in all kinds of ways.

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      • Esperanza says:

        Never forget, punk was real, in Britain. It was born of a real sense of no future. Oh wait brought on by the last full blown Socialist messing up of Britain. I wasn’t Punk because I didn’t have it. Maybe because I grew up in beauty? Leamington Spa is a town as beautiful as Bath.

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          Or…..their hormones were imbalanced. A lot of teenagers have hormonal problems. My grandparents said my parents generation was the end of humanity….. I think all generations do that. Life is dark, drama….drama. Then they grow-up….unless of course they’ve done way too many drugs, and have brain damage….then it’s a crap shoot.

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          • Esperanza says:

            No, I don’t think as an American you can project into that, unless you are from the rust belt. When all around you is decay. As a child my mother and grand mother’s favourite occupation was visiting closing down fabric mills. All disappearing.

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      • My spouse is a high school teacher, and she sees a surprising amount of kids who think a lot of modern music is crap and they listen to older music like the 80’s & 90’s and earlier.

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        • Jimmy Jack says:

          PJW also did a GREAT piece on how current popular music is being manipulated by leftist and corporate interests most often using technology to create “hits”. This is why modern music all sounds so similar.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      I was in a modern art gallery in Los Angeles years ago and looking at some oversized piece of nonsense when I woman walked in, and said loudly (shocking all the hipsters thinking they *knew* what the “art” was about) “Well, isn’t this the emperor’s new clothes!” I laughed out loud.

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    • The point of “conceptual art” is to suck money out of stupid, insecure people.

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  16. kathycovfefe says:

    I think about this all the time lately. Especially when I’m traveling and find myself in another hotel room in another hotel that’s indistinguishable from any other except by it’s street address. Also, ironically, the person being interviewed about the sadness of the destruction of Queens Square is Morrissey of the Smiths. So it’s not just a sentiment of the right or of Christians.:)

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  17. georgiafl says:

    Man, do I ever hate the new One WTC Dubai-esque building topped with a minaret. Makes me mad as heck every time I see the NY skyline in a movie or news video.

    I visited three times, once before Guiliani and there were bums sleeping on the streets, and twice during Guiliani’s tenure when NYC was fairly safe to traverse on foot, even at night.

    I won’t go there again until DeBlasio is removed and law and order returns and the hoods (political, imported and domestic) are sent packing.

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    • Beverly says:

      I still call it THE FREEDOM TOWER. The Leftist swine changed it to “One World” Tower: see what they did there?

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      • Jimmy Jack says:

        I noticed that too. I will NEVER call it anything except the Freedom Tower.

        As a native NYer with many friends & family who suffered significantly as a result of 9/11 I get angry every time I see an old photo of the WTC or the new altered lower Manhattan skyline.

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    • Beenthere says:

      The tourists sections in Manhattan are quite safe. Deblasio and Cuomo need tourist dollars for their budgets.

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      • georgiafl says:

        Well, the subway isn’t. Not any more.

        (https://twitter.com/NYCityAlerts)

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        • Jimmy Jack says:

          I have to disagree. It is safe but like any city there are some stations best avoided especially at night. And never, ever let a homeless looking person or anyone shifty looking stand behind you or close to you waiting for a train.

          Another LPT – avoid subways when the high schools or middle schools let out, particularly around certain schools. If you’ve ever experienced this in NYC you know what I’m talking about.

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  18. phoebehb says:

    “The revenge of mediocrity against talent and taste”. But mostly against God who “made everything beautiful in its time” and against man He created in His one image to know and love and respond to beauty.

    Tom Wolfe’s unforgettable Bauhaus to Our House redux.

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    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      Excellent! It is rebellion against the Creator.

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      • So true Phil aka Pelipe.

        I was raised in a small town surrounded by God’s natural and awesome astonishing Arizona desert beauty.

        I now live in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.

        I can never look at this ” conceptual art” without either snickering or bursting outright into laughter.

        These talent lacking and untrained “artists” produce total and complete crap that only their mother’s could love.

        For a gallery to “show” this stuff and try and force the public to give it respect is hilarious and we all know it.

        I would love to see the look on the face on the buyer who spent $250,000 on a “piece” when they try to resell it.

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  19. azgulch says:

    The Fountainhead.

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  20. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Paul Joseph Watson’s view point in his video about modernist architecture dovetails nicely with this:

    Stefan Molyneaux quote on ‘Why Exposing Fake News Matters’

    “The post-modern contradiction has always been fascinating to me that they say, ‘There is no such thing as objective truth and virtue. But everyone who disagrees with me is a Nazi who should be punished.’

    You know, hey, if there is no such thing as goodness, why are you opposed to racism? I mean, I’m opposed to racism, you’re opposed to racism. But that’s because we have a moral standard that’s not purely subjective.

    And so, this combination-I think they teach you that there is no such thing as the good, the true, and the beautiful so that you have no defense against their vicious French Revolution style defamatory attacks.

    I think that they want to weaken your sense of morality so they have more control over you and less of a push back which is why they go against Christianity so hard.”

    Source: https://youtu.be/Rdl6mVUY9ac

    At 32:45 to 33:21

    That is why dictators, tyrants, and all the evil and the wicked “go against Christianity so hard.” It is Truth and It Is Light and exposes their wickedness.

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  21. LULU says:

    Last night we happened to watch a fairly recent Rick Steves travel video on some of the lesser known cities in Germany. Rather a big deal was made of the bombings that destroyed much of the city in WWII, understandable because of its importance to Hitler’s war machine. What struck me was the replacements that have gone up over time. This one is probably the best example of what I am referring to – and what Watson was talking about. And it is only one of the recent ones. There are other post-modern horrors in Hamburg.

    https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/elbphilharmonie

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  22. Radiopatriot says:

    Interestingly, just yesterday I remarked on the ugliness of a cubist gray concrete building going up in Cocoa Beach. It is totally out of character with the beach cottages and seaside homes that line State Road A1A that runs through the beachside community. As we drove past it, I shuddered, saying “Oh my Gawd, is that ugly. A modernist piece of crap architecture with no charm or personality whatsoever. What are those people (who are building it) thinking?

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    • Tegan says:

      Having lived near the beach south of Cocoa Beach, I can offer a couple reasons…practical rather than esthetic, I’m afraid. 1. Hurricanes. 2. Salt damage.
      Can’t tell you how many lovely little balconies have literally corroded and been replaced from the relentless salt damage…very expensive to correct! Appliances, AC units, etc. have a short life span, as well as cars, drapes, rugs, upholstered furniture…and forget ANY thing with brass, even lamps that may have a tiny brass decoration. So, that building is probably a nod to practicality rather than any attempt at pleading architecture.

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      • Tegan says:

        Pleasing…not pleading. The spell check gremlins strike again.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        IDK, with the sink holes in Florida if being inside a heavy cement box is any safer than wood. Maybe…soil testing and geology reports and analysis should be the first order of building.

        San Francisco is the same. After the 1906 earthquake they threw up a bunch of buildings without any consideration for the foundation or fill underneath. No one talks about the cause of the problems. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sinking-san-francisco-high-rise-sparks-fears-among-residents-n671091

        New York has similar issues. The old sewer system will create sink holes, if the lousy fill doesn’t.

        The bible says not to build your house on sand, build it on a rock. Seems simple to understand but for some in the realty business no bueno….

        PS I don’t like Frank Lloyd Wright. Studied in school, the professor loved him. It’s a matter of taste. I guess.

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  23. dalethorn says:

    It reminds me also of the slogan attributed to Andy Warhol – “Art is whatever you can get away with” – soup cans and all. You might wonder how guys like Warhol spring up out of nowhere and gain so much fame, but it’s hardly ever an accident. Warhol developed a trick printing methodology and segue’d his way into pop-art fame through his servicing of fashion clients. Andre Talley of Vogue magazine even spoke at a college commencement about his own rise in the Warhol organization, from floor sweeper to art critic and designer. Cancers in society grow just like they do in human bodies. We’re treating the human bodies very well now, but it seems we’re not doing much for our society.

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  24. LULU says:

    More here along with other modern horrors present and future, not just in Hamburg.

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/04/hamburg-elbphilhamonie-herzog-de-meuron-a-cathedral-for-our-time

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  25. Kelly says:

    As an architectural photographer, I am drawn to classic architecture like a moth to flame. Not all “modern” architecture (not the style, but what is being built now) is horrendous. In fact, there are many who are combining different styles to produce some beautiful hybrids of old and new. And then, there is just plain ugly.

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    • WSB says:

      I am with you on some types. My favorite contemporay architect has always been Robert Stern, because he studied the American vernacular and created a personal aesthetic language for contemporary buildings.

      I’ve been a hotel designer for over 30 years, and my most favorite projects have been historic properties.

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  26. rumpole2 says:

    I get what PJW is saying…
    There is no doubting the ugliness and “dysfunction” of tower blocks.. ghettos reaching up to the sky, People polled much prefer the old style house (with a small garden), but….
    As populations grow, there are limitations to that style. Auckland NZ is a prime example. Everybody wants their own house on a “quarter acre” section.. and so Auckland has become a HUGE city in regards area of land, despite relatively small population It MIGHT have worked with people commuting to work, but most workers spend hours on increasingly gridlocked motorways… or even more hours trapped in inadequate public transport. Single train line that does not even service most places combined with buses.. also caught up in the road gridlock.
    The only alternative I have experienced is Singapore. With limited space and (intentionally) increasing population, there is no alternative but to have blocks of apartments.. but they might best be described as “medium” height? Most are basic “box” design.. but there is some innovation, certainly parks, gardens and trees etc to beautify surrounding areas and there are active social communities around groups of several such blocks.Local stores. A local wet market, eating places (hawkers market) etc. And…. the public transport is BRILLIANT.. buses, MRT, taxis.. no weight cheap fares. 🙂

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  27. LULU says:

    A particular modern building may be an interesting object, taken by itself. Photographed in a single frame. Just try to humanize it, to fit it into a community as part of a whole. I’ve yet to see that done. They are intended to shock and awe.

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  28. Harry Lime says:

    Ugly people sitting in their ugly buildings surrounded by their ugly art can sit back, relax, and watch their ugly entertainment. (Some of these videos could be made into a nice series to warn future generations)

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    • NickD says:

      GAH! Now I really need some eye-bleach!

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    • Esperanza says:

      Interesting how popular culture is totally afluenza driven. No génération in history has has access to more stuff, yet has been taught to hate the culture that got us here more. They are so f*** ked up and so their art is. Miley is a good example. Talented young woman who says herself no-one was interested before she started taking her clothes off. Miley seems to be maturing and changing. Miley is part of the solution.

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  29. sunnydaze says:

    Bravo, PJ Watson!!

    Besides the degrading, non-uplifting “look” of these monstrosities, there is a movement away from encouraging community.

    I’ve lived in older taller bldgs. that all had porches facing a common open gathering area, with trees, spaces to gather and for kids to play in. Neighbors came face to face thruout the day. Older homes had porches on the front to meet and greet neighbors. Sheesh even NYC had the great huge front stoop for neighbors to gather on.

    Now every home is built with a “Private Porch ” in the back yard.No front stoops. And apts. face a Parking Lot.

    Result is further isolation and breakdown of community.

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    • Tegan says:

      Guess people don’t want to be targets for drive-by shootings…..sad!

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    • Kaco says:

      I’m late to this post but A/C has definitely played a part in bringing people inside. It also affected kids playing outside, that and “predators”. I used to frequent on the Free Range Kids site. My kids are older now, but it’s basically encouraging childhood the way it used to be.

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  30. Katie says:

    Agenda 21. Force people into utilitarian boxes. In Denver, new apt building complexes look like barracks or prison cells. Drab colors abound.

    HGTV is contributing to the propaganda with the Tiny House craze. Living in a tiny box so small you can’t even stand up in the bedroom is supposed to be cool.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Hey but on the bright side, I had to take someone to a hospital ER today and instead of CNN … I got to watch HGTV. 🙂 I have my preferences and I’ll take HGTV any day over CNN

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    • Esperanza says:

      I know, seen from Europe this is crazy. We live in try spaces because we have to, not because it’s coll. Another manifestation of afluenza.

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      • Esperanza says:

        Sorry, spellcheck on over drive, tiny and cool. Thank you for an interesting and thought provoking discussion again Sundance and Treepers. One of the comments on the Scruton doc is telling. “There is space for ugly. Deal with it.” Very ugly comment right there. I definitely disagree with Paul on form and function. Tower blocks are ugly because their form doesn’t fit their function. Hong Kong is beautiful because its form fits its function. The Montparnasse tower is beautiful, it’s what’s round the tower that’s horrendous.

        Incidentally Montparnasse tower suffers from a previous generation’s silly building regs. It’s unusable because of asbestos.

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  31. Lucille says:

    Buildings which are completely at odds with their surroundings–such as the tower which burned recently in London–certainly fall into the category of those Watson’s vid references. Obviously “modern” doesn’t have to mean “ugly” any more than the architecture of 1850 should be considered beautiful simply because it is old.

    There are millions who think this building falls in the ugly category. Whereas I believe it is entirely appropriate for Manhattan…

    (This photo is by Martin Dürrschnabel, de:Benutzer:Martin-D1, user: Martin-D – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3768258–and legally has to be credited)

    This is a photo of the Bonwit & Teller New York flagship building which Trump Tower replaced and it is totally ugly, IMO…

    Los Angeles is notorious for tearing down its old buildings and replacing them with nondescript new ones. For instance, many thought this building should not have been demolished: the 1929 Art Deco Atlantic-Richfield building in downtown Los Angeles…

    My viewpoint today is that it’s atrocious–black with bright gold trim! The building which replaced it, however, is no better. At least the old building had an interesting style, even if I didn’t care for it.

    Buildings, old or new, should have a charm or beauty about them. However, what is beautiful to me, may not be to you and vice versa. Beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder.

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    • WSB says:

      These are all examples of changing hi-rise technology. I see the worth in all three for their contribution. My issues are mostly with brutalist architecture.

      I have done work in Trump Tower, so know the Trump Tower building enough. Trump was one of the few who has stuck to a quieter type of hi-rise. He is not one for statements by his architect. And there is the Bryant Park Hotel in NY that is very similar to your photo of the black one. Probably the same architect.

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  32. wondering999 says:

    Something I love in the US of A is Jonesborough, Tennessee — especially the Main Street shops with covered sidewalks, balconies overhead. Even if it rains (which is often in lush Tennessee) you can walk around under the cover of the balconies. I don’t have a photo but it is so appealing to me and probably to others. Wish there were more of these “Main Streets” with sidewalks and small shops that I remember from my childhood

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  33. US says:

    The ultimate work on beauty is by British philosopher Roger Scruton. It is about one hour long but you will not regret watching this amazing documentary.

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/why-beauty-matters/

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  34. Kay Emig says:

    The thing is that leftists lie about destroying beauty, the cohesiveness of it, the wholeness of it since this reaches beyond themselves. An example of the lie: I bought a film from Apple, Koyaanisqatsi, towards the end of the film is a great montage of the demolition of several ugly public housing blocks – in Chicago maybe – that was my favorite part of the film. Loved seeing those hideous social engineering cages go down! But Apple replaced those scenes with computer circuit board images – and they didn’t say anything about having altered the film. Elitist lefty Scum. They love giving us ‘the nudge’ into the approved mind space. Didn’t buy any more.

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  35. Marc says:

    It takes godless, hateful Communists to make these brutalist, hideous buildings seen in modern architecture.

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    • Sherlock says:

      Yep, and they really don’t want to live in them themselves. Rich commie architects–would love to see their actual homes.

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  36. G. Combs says:

    On Paul Watson’s comment about ‘ugly’ vs beauty and wether it is ‘subjective’ It is interesting that humans find pleasing the buildings built 200 years ago, 500 years ago, and 2,000 or more years ago as well as the art.

    Heck behind me I have a 3ft X 4ft copy of a Lascaux Cave cow, I did in high school. Those paintings are estimated to be from around 17,000 years BP. but many people including me see them as beautiful art.

    See what you think…

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    • WSB says:

      The Lascaux drawings are remarkable for the honor and sophistication they show. Beautiful as a piece on its own. If this is your drawing, it is indeed beautiful.

      As a pure object of beauty, though, others might differ on opinion.

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      • G. Combs says:

        It is a photo of the original, I just made a copy of it.

        Even though it was created 17,000 years ago we can still connect with it. We see it as art.

        Mankind has been creating art for thousands of years. This intrinsic need to create beauty is a part of being human and separates us from animals. This is what the socialists are trying to kill and in doing so reducing us back to animals.

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        • Esperanza says:

          Not sure that animals don’t see beauty. We don’t know. If this is physiological, we secrete hormones for pleasure, then because our physiology is similar, there’s no reason they wouldn’t get the same reaction.

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  37. Budman says:

    I absolutely agree Sundance. I watched this PJW segment and it is just so eye opening. Paul is always very poignant, with a sense of good old Brit humor. Pass this gem along! MAGA

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  38. NickD says:

    Any Texan Treepers who want to see brutalist architecture should just come to the A&M campus…the ’60s weren’t good to this place.

    As my prime example, the Architecture Building. Yup, you read that right: the ARCHITECTURE BUILDING. Just awful. Bad bull.

    https://farm1.static.flickr.com/104/262303398_dfb4021a5f.jpg?v=0

    You just need some massive images of Stalin and Lenin, and the building is truly complete

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  39. Nancy Seeger says:

    Ultimately it’s spiritual warfare. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus can to bring life, beauty, truth and goodness.

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  40. Icestation3 says:

    You don’t hear Prince Charles talking about this subject much these days. He’s been completely brainwashed since the 1980’s by his new progressive friends.

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  41. Theo West says:

    ‘Splains all the ugly church architecture, too, since Marxists has infiltrated so many churches, including the Catholic Church. https://www.catholicvote.org/the-ugliest-churches-in-the-world/#prettyPhoto

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  42. Brant says:

    I have noticed all cars are basically the exact same shape and contours (whether BMW/Mercedes or Hyundai, spelling ?). Even “SUVs” have very similar contours. All cars seem to have a ridge right below the window from front to back at a slight upwards angle. I have assumed all these similarities are the most efficient in the wind tunnels. Everything to get that next 0.1 mile per gallon.

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  43. Lucille says:

    This gosh-awful early 20th Century work by architect Antoni Gaudi is the Sagada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. For years people believed the word “gaudy” was coined for Gaudi’s horrible buildings. It wasn’t but I certainly see why it was thought to be correct. I fully realize that many think his work from the smallest to the largest is nothing short of miraculous beauty. It’s a question of personal taste and appeal.


    (Required posting of photographer name: By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9029499 )

    On the other hand, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles by architect Frank Gehry is great fun to be in–the acoustics are superb. It’s crazy but wonderful architecture, IMO. http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/5264/acf3/e8e4/4ef4/c200/021b/large_jpg

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  44. FrenchNail says:

    Case in point: Habersham, SC. A absolute marvel! A totally brand new community in the middle of nowhere near Beaufort (better GPS it because it is not indicated anywhere on the way). A new town of absolutely beautiful houses, all classically designed in the Victorian/southern style, with a small village center. Curved roads, Parks and flowered medians. A total paradise. Google it. Wow….That should be the model for new developments.

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  45. jmclever says:

    I’ve been to the Schermerhorne Theater in Nashville. It truly is beautiful inside and out. It makes you just want to sit and linger and enjoy it. Unfortunately it’s surrounded by crowded ugly downtown area.

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  46. GMar says:

    The same thing has happened to language and writing. A once beautiful form of expression and communication has now become ugly, profane, and vulgar. . .often in 140 characters or less. Post World War II literature has lost the beauty of former years and replaced by pay-by-the-word monstrosities evoking the absurd exploration of every corner of horror, ugliness, human waste, and perversion. One more indoctrination one aught to hate.

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  47. aredtailblog says:

    I think this actually just expanded my awareness as to why I hate living in the city so much.

    Thanks very much for the link to this analysis, Sundance.

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  48. Benson II says:

    The perfect example of the ugliness and acceptance of it is the ground zero memorial in N.Y.C. To me it doesn’t symbolize anything about what our nation, New York or those killed suffered. It’s like some abstract piece of crap pretending to care. None of the entries were worth the paper they were drawn on. As ugly and imposing and maybe also part of the modernist culture the original buildings were they were a symbol of American success and I would have much preferred they had been rebuilt exactly on the same spots as an outright act of defiance against those who had destroyed the originals, preferably with anti-aircraft installations included.

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    • aqua says:

      I agree with you. And the black holes that mark the footprint of the original Towers 1 and 2 are endless pits of despair, not the stirring memorial that the families of so many should have had.

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  49. ZurichMike says:

    Same arguments can be applied to modern literature. Ugh.

    For incredibly stupid modern art, try felt-and-fat creations of Joseph Beuys, one of the most overrated, untalented, elitist-hyped “notice me” jerks ever. https://www.google.ch/search?q=joseph+beuys+sculpture&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiGi_ics-vUAhUHvxQKHaWmBSkQsAQINA&biw=1873&bih=930

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