Forwarded from Nestor (Arielism)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Tue Aug 19 11:33:00 MDT 2003

Interesting, this Landauer's idea (or is it yours??) that Frida Kahlo 
was an Arielist!!!!!!

Now, Arielism was not only a "Latin American philosophy".  Created by 
José Enrique Rodó, an Uruguayan artist and thinker who established the 
principles of this currenton _Ariel_, a book of around 1910, Arielism 
opposed the spirited Ariel (the Latin American) to the wealth thirsty, 
lowly Caliban (the Anglo American).  But the line had first been 
established by Rubén Darío in his "To Roosevelt" poem (particularly on 
the line which read "and yet, although you have it all, you still don´t 
have God", which should not be read on a religious vein).

In a sense, Arielism was the Background Radiation of the Big Bang of 
Latin American Balkanization, a spiritual remnant of the primeval unity. 
  In fact, it was completely harmless in Uruguay or in Argentina, 
countries with little to blame on the American imperialists (American 
imperialism did not become hegemonic in the River Plate before the mid 
1960s,  by the time Arielism was created we were living the Gilded Age 
of the Thrifty Agroexport Overseas Stations). That is why, by the same 
years, Martí was extensively quoted (even hired) by the Buenos Aires 
ultra-oligarchic newspaper _La Nación_.

But Arielism took a completely different sense when "exported" to 
Mexico, Central America, etc. In strictly aesthetic terms, Arielism was 
a follow-up of the Latin American Modernism (a current which, born with 
Darío, was later on taken by the Frenchs who turned it universal with 
Symbolism, etc.) But its political lode took on new shape and light when 
transported to the area of American imperialism.

Manuel Ugarte, one of the founders of the Argentinean Socialist Party, 
important intellectual of the early 20th. Century, novelist, essayist 
and poet, was also a Modernist and in a sense an Arielist.  He was 
expelled from the pro-imperialist Socialist Party for his Latin 
Americanist views. A man of wealth, he used up all of his money in a 
continental campaign for Latin American Unity and against American 
Imperialism. Darkened in Argentina by the clerics of the oligarchy, he 
attained great influence in Ecuador, Central America and Mexico.

In 1946, the Perón administration, in the smart hands of Atilio 
Bramuglia, a former Socialist who turned Peronist, put Ugarte as 
Argentinean Ambassador to Mexico, where he died around 1952-1954. He 
must have met Frida more than once. And, an Arielist himself, he may 
have had some influence on her.

So that, you see, if the idea that Frida was an Arielist is true, then 
it is also a proof of the unity of Latin America, since this most 
Mexican artist is, at the same time, a local exponent of a most Latin 
American ideology...

And the film is rubbish, I agree with you.

BTW: they don´t dance _tango_  there. If you want to see someone dance 
true tango, watch Robert Duvall. He dances wonderfully, and he reminds 
me one of the best tango dancers I ever knew, my uncle Abraham (Areh) 
Fisdel. Yes, an "Abraham Fisdel" could be a wonderful tango dancer in 
the Fascist Argentina of Perón!!!!!!


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