history and class struggle

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at SPAMoregon.uoregon.edu
Mon Feb 19 18:11:12 MST 2001

On Sun, 18 Feb 2001, Xxxx Xxxxxx wrote:

> May be Marcuse, but I don't remember Adorno positing "identity politics and
> culture as key zones of class struggle". Adorno was highly pessimistic of
> enlightenment, reason and rationality, so any liberation (including
> socialism) would be a confirmation of "totalitarian" reason for him. In

"Identity is the Ur-form of ideology." (Negative Dialectics:151).

> Lukacs was still looking for possibilities of restoring reason. Adorno got
> away with it.

Nope. "Dialectic of Enlightenment" says that the only way out is for the
Enlightenment to *consider itself*. Both thinkers were on the same track,
one in the East, the other in the West.

-- Dennis

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