THE IRONY OF THE AMERICAN CULTURAL REVOLUTION

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It was good while it lasted. To all of you who have bought our CR TAROT up until now, you will be familiar with the back of the deck. It’ll probably never be used again. This is considered politically offensive. I know…tell me about it

Occassionally i wish i was politically correct. For real, i actually do. What i would have to sacrifice though (mainly my brain) just wouldn’t be worth the price. Still, it would make my life as an illustrator possibly run more smoothly. I could draw whatever i like in the small confines of what is considered politically correct and what is not, but then if that were the case the Cultural Revolution Tarot would not exist.

The Cultural Revolution Tarot took the boundaries of what tarot themes were “allowed” to be and kicked them to the side, and strangled the life out of political correctness…and for that i am damn proud.

Yes, The Cultural Revolution sure had it’s fair share of scrapes and bruises, naysayers and detractors….but it has also received a collosal thumbs up, and quite rightly so, by free thinking non comformists everywhere….and some of them happen to be really great tarot enthusiasts too. Admittedly i hate political correctness. It chokes the life out of creativity, free thinking and uniqueness. It stinks of the worst kind of facism. Political correctness is the enemy of art, of literature, film and any thinking creative person is repulsed by the idea of it.

The legendary graphic novelist and magician Alan Moore has courted controversy because of it, Donald Trump’s run for presidency is hounded by it, even Cecil the lion’s killer was considered eligble for the death penalty over it. It’s a form of extremism as contagious as cancer, as mesmerising as Hitler’s speeches and whose proponents command a conformity rivaling that of Jim Jones’s Kool Aid drinkers. I mean isn’t it ironic that the same kind of people who want liberalism for themselves want to impose bans, fines, imprisonment and even death towards those whose views disagree with theirs?

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10 of Pentacles/Coins. As an illustrator I look at these pictures and still am amazed that i was a part of such an ambitious one of a kind project. Conceptually every card is pure magick

I think it is important to combat it when it arises especially if the political correctness is not correct thinking, but also when it infringes upon the beliefs and rights of others. It is my personal view but poltical correctness is not based on anything tangible, because in order to fully support political correctness you cannot hold a particular point of view indefinitely otherwise when popular opinion changes (which is of course inevitable) you are going to be left behind. I noticed this especially amongst young students in Belfast. I’ve seen it in action everytime i log into facebook. A politically correct person cannot hold to any one strong belief for fear of the tide changing. It reminds me of the Travis song “Driftwood” with the lyrics “you’re driftwood hollow and of no use” because there is no solid foundation. Driftwood is nice and smooth, but in terms of appearance, unlike their alive counterparts clothed in bark, there is not much different between one piece of driftwood or another. Over time the uniqueness of the driftwood, it’s bark, has been washed away. That’s what political correct people look like to me. A particular popular point of view which changes over time has no foundation and is therefore like quicksand. The wiseman built his house upon the rock. Popular opinion is only as lasting as the popular culture in which it came from and as soon as it arrives, it’s not long before it moves on. There is no foundation because it has not been based on anything really tangible.

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This will now be the back for our original version Cultural Revolution Tarot. So far it has passed the “politically sensitive” censors. Heaven’s, they weren’t kidding about this “police state” malarky lol

Most Americans probably do not even realise it but they are going through a cultural revolution even as we speak. Whether that is good or bad, we will leave that for you to decide. In quick succession we have seen everything from the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states, the banning of the confederate flag (or if not banned, certainly shunned and treated with contempt), the desensitization of the liberal populace over late term abortion (but ironically the killing of a lion makes said people want to murder a dentist? Fucked up much?), and recently the taking down of statues of old presidents of the South. (Jefferson Davis recently) and everything associated or potentially associated with the confederacy. I’m not saying i am opposed to all of this, i am simply stating the signs of the cultural revolution at work in the U.S…the late term abortion thing though….shit. Auchwitz comes to mind….Kindergarten style. That’s just my personal view on it.

Yes, America is going through a Cultural Revolution. It seems to mean nothing to many Americans that their president entered into an illegal war and approves of Monsanto. They seem to simply not give a shit. I mean isn’t it a conflict of interest to have former Monsanto VP and head lobbyist Michael Taylor as Deputy Commissioner for the FDA — the board tasked with regulating Taylor’s own industry? Obama himself won’t eat Monsanto GM products but it’s ok for the rest of the populace? Fan fucking tastic.

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The new back for the bright/technicolour version of our Cultural Revolution Tarot as it currently stands

I think the biggest irony in all of this for us is that most of the print on demand companies in the U.S felt that they couldn’t print our Tarot due to its “political sensitive” material, in particular the image on the backs of the card, which basically meant every card. This is why we’ve had to completely redesign the backs of the cards to make them less politically sensitive. So much for the 1st Ammendment right? Maybe the 1st Ammendment doesn’t apply to me as an Irishman, but my partner is American so what’s the deal with that? America is up to its eyes in it’s own cultural revolution but feels offended at the title “The Cultural Revolution” on the backs of the cards?

With a great review over at Aeclectic for our Cultural Revolution Tarot (despite myself being banned indefinitely from their site for stating some important facts about Chinese propaganda posters) it has lead to a surge in sales for the deck. What a week it has been. It is our hope that we can continue to offer our Cultural Revolution Tarot to anyone who wants it but i ask everyone to buy soon because due to the political nature of the deck, the printers can be a bit unreliable, and others who potentially would publish it will be bringing the decks out at around 60 dollars.

Our decks are currently at 40 U.S dollars. Trust us, you won’t see a deck like this around anywhere and probably never will. Get one will you can.

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