In the Wild

Kinder Gentler Dialectical Enslavement

I had (have) that on one of my ‘watch later’ lists… Sounds like maybe I should get to it soon[er than ‘later’]… Incidentally, there is a confluence of subject matter and discussion(s)… As you send me this, I’ve had discussions about, and been doing some parallel (further / deep-ish dives) investigations on things like ‘culture industry’, ‘memetic engineering’ meets stereotypy, memetic warfare / COIN / counterinsugency and (Communitarian) Amitai Etzioni’s thoughts on said, everyone seems to love Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene”, the Frankfurt School / ISR ol’ school bad-guys like Theodor Adorno (Frankfurt School founder), Herbert Marcuse (considered the ‘father of the “New Left”’), Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Wilhelm Reich, the Berkeley project, etc. – in my ‘spare’ time, that is… haha

Incidentally, (or perhaps ‘consequently’?) I’m working on a post / article thingy titled ‘WWIII’ which at present opens as follows:

We shall unleash the nihilists and the atheists…

Albert Pike (August 15, 1871)

When I made my theoretical model, I could not have guessed that people would try to realise it with Molotov cocktails.

Theodor W. Adorno, quoted in The Dialectical Imagination : A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research (1973) as cited by Harald Sack

As we get into social perspectives on literature and art, you may ask yourself out of idle curiosity, or perhaps even peevishly, “Why Marx? Why so much Marx? …”

Professor Paul H. Fry, Open Yale Courses: Introduction to Theory of Literature17. The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, Yale University (Spring, 2009)