“Why the profusion of manifestly incompetent people? Here’s a theory — the philosophy underlying the cultural Marxism that controls these institutions is hostile to excellence. The Left doesn’t believe in universal truth, after all; those kinds of standards are oppressive. And when you lose respect for objective quality, it isn’t hard to progress from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, and on to Marina Abramovic, the performance artist whose absurdist “Spirit Cooking” exhibits touched off a rather wild conspiracy scandal after John Podesta’s emails became public.
If you don’t believe in objective excellence, you won’t seek it and you certainly won’t find it. Little wonder, then, that we don’t see much of it in our cultural institutions.” – Martha Plimpton