The rhetoric and disguised politics of orthodox neoclassical economics, a vulgarization
of the theory, and an unsatisfactory, somewhat dishonest fabrication of statistics have been combined to convince the public that everyone will win with NAFTA.
He attributes the abrupt deviation from the long-established traditions to simple vulgarization
of city life: money worship, hedonism, and the pursuit of liberty in temperaments accompanied by the booming commercial activities and budding capitalist industries in cities.
So perhaps it's not so odd that Lagerfeld has added haute vulgarization
to his publishing repertoire.
Madeleine Lazard's biography of Agrippa d'Aubigne is an essay in high vulgarization
intended to attract a general reading public (something that apparently still exists in France) to the works of a great but neglected writer.
Simply conveying the title of this last "case study" chapter will send a shudder through some branches of the Smithson industry: "Spiral Jetty/Golden Spike." As loaded as Greenberg's "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" (preserving the modernist's privileged order but using a virgule to link the Jetty's high-cultural address and the Spike's touristic mass appeal), Roberts's final chapter seems to portend a vulgarized Smithson--outside the permitted bounds, that is, of the ironic vulgarization
wielded by the artist himself.