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The Power of Punk Art

James Panero, American cultural critic and managing editor of The New Criterion, discusses how American punk rock has profoundly influenced protest movements around the world. In an interview with Kennedy from Reason.TV, Panero cites Russia’s Pussy Riot and Chinese dissident artist Ai WeiWei as having embraced the idioms of punk as well as its defiant anti-authoritarian streak. He believes their art is “having a real effect” as the “conscience of reform” against the authoritarian governments under which they live.

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