A Russian Artist puts his Testicles where his Activism Is

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 16th, 2013

Week in Review

They say artists must suffer for their art.  Poor Vincent van Gogh suffered insanity and cut his own ear off.  And later shot himself.  Today his paintings are worth millions.  So the works of this Russian artist should be worth big rubles in the future (see Artist nails scrotum to ground in protest by QMI Agency posted 11/11/2013 on Vancouver 24 Hrs).

A Russian performance artist’s latest piece saw him nail his testicles to the ground of Moscow’s Red Square. The act was to protest the country’s descent into a “police state,” The Guardian reports.

“The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society,” artist Pyotr Pavlensky said in a statement.

After Ronald Reagan won the Cold War the Soviet Union was no more.  The people were free from their communist oppressors.  For awhile, at least.  Their current president was former KGB.  Vladimir Putin.  Who views the collapse of the Soviet Union as a dark day for Russia.  And would like to put the band back together again.  Which he is doing.  The police state is making such a comeback that a protester nailed his testicles to the ground.  For doing that was less painful than an oppressive police state.

Just something to think about the next time you vote.  Do you want to give more power to the state?  So they can listen to your phone calls and read your email?  Or do you want the state to have less power?  I think I speak for everyone when I say we would prefer a government that is less painful than nailing your testicles to the ground.

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