Excerpt taken from:
Arte Fuse, Article by Daniel Gauss
Crank a Fish & See the Origins of Consciousness at ISE Cultural Foundation
Manju Shandler seems to be parodying the concept of nationalistic pride and especially a nationalistic pride based on the concept of a democratic form of government that might be used to justify anything. You see various ancient Greek busts covered with national flags and even icons of democracy, like George Washington, covered with diverse national flags. This ancient concept of Greek democracy is often used to justify the corrupt operations of various governments, including, perhaps, our own. Truth be told, if you look at history outside of the context of your World Civ 101 class, the “tyranny” of Cyrus the Great and his Persian offspring seems to have been a golden age for most of the world, while Athenian ‘democracy’ was in fact demagoguery which lead to horrors, such as the execution of Socrates and greedy and brutal imperialistic conquest (until the Spartans put an end to all that).
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