Politics was born in the heart of the Greek Polis, where there was no press. Christianity was born As denial of politics and slavery in the recesses of the Roman Empire, where the press also did not exist.
With the press, born in the end of Middle Ages, was born propaganda and popularity research. With the press was also born the immense confusion that prevails in the modern Western State, in which many confuse politics with propaganda.
From the time that Andy Warhol created and promoted his Factory, the art was also subjected to the empire of propaganda and advertising. Artist today is not necessarily who produces art, but especially one that produced art according to the press. Any crap enhanced by advertising campaigns can become a masterpiece today.
The confusion, however, tends to worsen. I read now that the Vatican has hired an American marketer who already work at Reuters, in Time and Fox to try to improve its image. Now the largest Western institutionalized religion has also become a matter of popularity research.
The crisis plunging the West is not only economic and financial. It is also political, aesthetic and religious.
Who the advocates of the clash of civilizations want to cheat when they say that the West is higher than the East? Civilization (politics, art and religion included) can not be only propaganda and popularity research since both are on the edge of Fascism and Nazism, which are the negation of politics, the regilion and art.