[Marxism] Fwd: ‘Grand Hotel Abyss’: Life among the original anti-consumerists - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 1 06:00:46 MDT 2016

In the opening chapters of “Grand Hotel Abyss”— the title derives from 
philosopher Gyorgi Lukacs’s derogatory description of what he regarded 
as the Frankfurt School’s radical chic — Jeffries examines the Oedipal 
rebellion of these often mollycoddled sons against uncomprehending 
merchant-fathers, who had assimilated German secular culture and frankly 
disdained working-class East European Jews with their long beards and 
kaftans. (Siegfried Kracauer — remembered now as a film theorist — 
wittily remarked that these last “were Jews who looked so authentic, you 
thought they must be imitations.” ) Naturally, Adorno, Benjamin and 
their intellectual comrades refused to actually work for a living and 
instead blithely and incongruously relied on Daddy’s business profits to 
pay their allowances and fund their anti-capitalist projects.


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