[Tucker] Carlson talked up Hungary’s anti-immigration policies and what he described as the country’s support of families, but in a speech he gave—and later promoted on social media—he also addressed what we might call the politics of aesthetics. He emphasized the need for “order and cleanliness,” which he called “essential to human happiness.” He railed against “drug addicts building tent cities on the sidewalk” in America. He’s previously talked about immigrants making America “dirtier.” Then he praised the beauty of Hungarian architecture while calling American architecture ugly and dehumanizing. “Aesthetics matter,” Carlson told the crowd, “maybe more than most things, actually.”

Graham Vyse, “Tuned In,” The Signal, August 12, 2021

All efforts to render politics aesthetic culminate in one thing: war.

Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” 1936.

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