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Re: Resistance In Consumerist Society
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:56:37 pm »
I found a passage I had been looking for when I started this thread.  It never made it to where I was looking for it, but was on a flashdrive where I had saved some of the threads from a previous message board.

Quote from: Adorno & Horkheimer
... this society ... reproduces to a certain degree only the lives of its faithful members.

The standard of life enjoyed corresponds very closely to the degree to which classes and individuals are essentially bound up with the system. The manager can be relied upon, as can the lesser employee Dagwood - as he is in the comic pages or in real life.  Anyone who goes cold and hungry, even if his prospects were once good, is branded. He is an outsider; and, apart from certain capital crimes, the most mortal of sins is to be an outsider.

In films he sometimes, and as an exception, becomes an original, the object of maliciously indulgent humor; but usually he is the villain, and is identified as such at first appearance, long before the action really gets going: hence avoiding any suspicion that society would turn on those of good will. Higher up the scale, in fact, a kind of welfare state is coming into being today. In order to keep their own positions, men in top posts maintain the economy in which a highly-developed technology has in principle made the masses redundant as producers. The workers, the real bread-winners, are fed (if we are to believe the ideology) by the managers of the economy, the fed. Hence the individual's position becomes precarious.

Under liberalism the poor were thought to be lazy; now they are automatically objects of suspicion. Anybody who is not provided for outside should be in a concentration camp, or at any rate in the hell of the most degrading work and the slums.
Things They Will Never Tell YouArthur Schopenhauer has been the most radical and defiant of all troublemakers.

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