Adorno and Marcuse on the Student Movement

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at
Sun Nov 28 18:39:43 MST 1999

Hi Dennis,

Didn't Adorno invite the police onto the campus or something like that? I
read somewhere Frederic Jameson's description of this as 'unpardonable'.



At 04:59  28/11/99 -0800, you wrote:
>On Sun, 28 Nov 1999, Michael Pugliese wrote:
> >     Phillip mentioned the Frankfurters and their stance on the student
> > movement. Horkheimer was for the U.S. side in the war, Adorno called the
> > German SDS'ers "left fascists," Habermas echoed that. Only Marcuse of
> > the core of the Frankfurt School supported the New Left.
>Oh, Lordy, not this canard again. The more dogmatic tendencies of the SDS
>freaked Adorno out, for sure, but it's not like he went on TV and named
>names to a CDU kangaroo court or anything; he's ticked off and venting in
>a private letter, is all. Adorno's theory of the total system, on the
>other hand, was the most direct theoretical expression of the
>New Left imaginable; it diagnosed the East as the flip side of
>the West, and predicted that the total system would, if not stopped,
>grow ever more total. Which it has, in spades.
>-- Dennis

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