Sometimes truth comes out of the mouths of babes. Other times it comes out of the mouths of potty. That does not make it any less true, and since truth on any topic is a rare commodity, Paul Joseph Watson’s pottymouth video “Why Modern Architecture SUCKS” commands attention, and respect.
Paul Joseph Watson has every reason to be angry, and so have we all if what he says is true, and every word is true. One need not accept his verdict on modern art in order to accept his verdict on modern architecture. His discourse thankfully includes clips from such generally less pottymouthed thinkers as Prince Charles, Roger Scruton and James Howard Kunstler. (Coincidentally, the latter two blurbed my new book Lost Providence.)
The video is up to date, with a brief segment on the latest modernist abomination, the Grenfell tower fire in London. But while he mentions the totalitarian Le Corbusier, he leaves out Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who tried to persuade Hitler that modern architecture was an appropriate stylistic template for the Third Reich. Architects never try to explain that away, they just ignore it. The photo above is a plug-ugly I had never seen before, the Grazer Kunsthaus art museum in Graz, Austria.
Toward the end of the video, Watson expresses this overarching truth about our era: “In an age of ugliness, a work of beauty is an act of defiance.” He concludes, “We must never accept ugliness as a form of beauty.” Enjoy.