Friday, November 19, 2010

"Years later,

at the height of American postwar affluence - the days when millions were questioning the wisdom of "following" - a German-Jewish refugee named Herbert Marcuse (writing not long after Kissinger paid his tribute to the subtleties of status quo power) would capture in his One-Dimensional Manthe contradictions of Abram's Better Way, his celebration of strongmen and his fetish for conformity, his belief in providence and his reliance on behind-the-scenes planning, his love of liberty and his insistence on obedience. [31] After the years of fascist pageantry and war, wrote Marcuse in an essay titled "The New Forms of Control," comes the age of "comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom." (143)
-Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

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