Our Declaration of Principles

January 20, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE | 2 Comments |

We'd make our promises now...if we weren't so busy arranging to keep them

The Varnished Culture hereby undertakes as follows:


  1. Declare interest, if any;
  2. Publish sans fear or favour;
  3. Encourage, though not necessarily respect, other views;
  4. Try to moderate and critically self-assess ingrained or fixed opinions;
  5. Neither boycott nor sanction those for what they say or publish;
  6. Be fair to Art whilst being harsh to Art;
  7. Eliminate gratuitous metaphysics and safe spaces;
  8. Be honest in all things;
  9. Tirelessly and fearlessly champion the individual’s rights, dreams, and artistic expressions;
  10. Tirelessly and fearlessly remind the individual of responsibilities.

‘You don’t want to make a promise you can’t keep…’ (image of the writing of the Declaration of Independence by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris)
















[*Explanatory Notes:

  1. We might accept the odd preview ticket but this won’t evoke a soft critique.
  2. We don’t actually care if somebody wants to shut us down.
  3. You have the right to be as dumb or tendentious as us.
  4. We said “Try.”
  5. Unlike your dummy-spit against Simon & Schuster for publishing Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos! Yes, we’re looking at you, Chicago Review of (Hidebound) Books! How can a journal of review, particularly one self-styled as “dedicated to cultivating awareness of diverse voices,” do this and expect to be taken seriously?
  6. This isn’t the Spanish Inquisition…but we will sharpen our pencils when necessary.
  7. Let all trumpets and blackguards sound.  “Literally.”
  8. No crossed fingers.
  9. No explanation required.
  10. Goes with Principle # 9.  Explanation # 9 also applies.]


  1. Reply

    Steve Hill

    January 20, 2017

    So, to summarise, you're not going to be bullied into submission by those of whom are from the castrati brigade who will bombard you with screeches of Racist!, Mysoginist!, Homophobe! Islamophobe! When these special snowflakes are impaled by a micro aggression? I congratulate you.

  2. Reply

    Tom Paine

    January 21, 2017

    Doubts about Mr Mugabe? "Racist!"
    Wonder about gender quotas? "Misogynist!"
    Reservations about 'Marriage Equality' without a social debate? "Homophobe!"
    Think a woman giving evidence in Court should show her face? "Islamophobe!"
    Consider gender a fact, not a construct for self-esteem? "Fascist!"
    View much modern art as lazy, simple-minded and fraudulent? "Dinosaur!"
    When these Marxists fire their hate-speech scatter guns, they always aim high and wide

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