The Zombie-Modernists are:
1. Ignorant of material, social, political, elitist origins of Modernism.
2. Ignorant of the vicious, exclusionary, philistine nature of Modernism.
3. Ignorant of how much ‘Make It New’ was fascist razing and leveling, not democratic or revolutionary building.
Here’s what the Futurist Manifesto, published in 1909 on the front page of a major daily newspaper in Paris, said:
“We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene—militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn of woman.”
The critic Marjorie Perloff, whose job is to glorify kooky, 20th century modernism, excuses these words, saying Marinetti didn’t really mean it.
Perloff is not the only one, of course, who finds the manifesto-ism of Pound and Futurism full of “charm.” Here’s more from that 1909 document:
“Courage, audacity and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry.”
“We will destroy the museums, libraries, academies of every kind, will fight moralism, feminism, every opportunisitic or utilitarian cowardice.”
“We affirm that the world’s magnficence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath…”
“We intend to exalt aggresive action, a fervent insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.”