political aesthetics and inverted totalitarianism?

Design represents, in other words, a depoliticized form of democracy — a most convenient arrangement if one happens to rank among the wealthy elite…The ideology of design fails to deliver on its promise of a democratization of aesthetics. Instead it mires people more fixedly in the dreary procedures of conspicuous consumption.

Erwin Montgomery’s “Design Is a Bureaucrat” via The New Inquiry

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