[Marxism] Buying off the German people

Carlos A. Rivera cerejota at optonline.net
Thu Mar 24 17:54:01 MST 2005

Now, me being anti-revs and all that, this might sound funny, but I think 
Hebert Marcuse has already solved all this for us:

"This is a goal within the capabilities of advanced industrial civilization, 
the "end" of technological rationality. In actual fact, however, the 
contrary trend operates: the apparatus imposes its economic and political 
requirements for defense and expansion on labor time and free time, on the 
material and intellectual culture. By virtue of the way it has organized its 
technological base, contemporary industrial society tends to be 
totalitarian. For "totalitarian" is not only a terroristic political 
coordination of society, but also a non-terroristic economic-technical 
coordination which operates through the manipulation of needs by vested 
interests. It thus precludes the emergence of an effective opposition 
against the whole. Not only a specific form of government or party rule 
makes for totalitarianism, but also a specific system of production and 
distribution which may well be compatible with a "pluralism" of parties, 
newspapers, "countervailing powers," etc."

Herbert Marcuse. One-Dimensional Man
One-Dimensional Society
1. The New Forms of Control



More recently, Noam Chomsky, has also explored the same theme.

It saddens me that except for a few exceptions, nominally Marxist writers 
have ignored such questions as "superstructural", or worse, accepted them as 
part of what is required to run a State, in other words, accepting 
totalitarian statism as principle.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charles Brown" <cbrown at michiganlegal.org>
To: <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 10:25 AM
Subject: [Marxism] Buying off the German people

> In arguments elsewhere over comparisons between U.S.A. today and the 
> pariah
> regime of our era, I mentioned that most German's were not victims of Nazi
> repression. This is evidence to support that. The image of Germany as a
> "police state" for most Germans from '32 to '45 would seem to be 
> misleading.
> It was a police and murder state only for certain repressed and 
> minorities,
> sadly and famously named from memory by most of us. I guess maybe I have 
> had
> in the past the image in my mind that certain minorities were 
> fascistically
> imprisoned and murdered, while the vast majority sort of cowered around,
> timidly watching, and fearing that they themselves might be subject to the
> same cruelty. But , probably contrariwise, for most Germans there was, 
> under
> the Nazis, a qualitative difference between their lives and 
> mental/emotional
> states and those of the victim groups. 

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