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Counterrevolution and Revolt

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In this book Herbert Marcuse makes clear that capitalism is now reorganizing itself to meet the threat of a revolution that, if realized, would be the most radical of revolutions: the first truly world-historical revolution. Capitalism's counterrevolution, however, is largely preventive, and in the Western world altogether preventive. Yet capitalism is producing its own gr ...more
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Published January 25th 1989 by Beacon Press (first published November 30th 1971)
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Mar 26, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First off the description of "Dialectal stories and poems by New York City black and Spanish-speaking children edited from tape recordings taken in the classroom" is incorrect. This is a book examining the necessarily counter-revolutionary aspect of economic systems--though it seems to consider capitalism the evil and leaves socialism unexamined perhaps stemming from an immediacy of writing within a capitalism-associating society.
It examines art as a possibility of revolt so long as the issue i
Jun 05, 2012 Nativeabuse rated it liked it
The first chapter of this was a fantastic elaboration on why the New Left was failing, and the forces counteracting against revolution. Very pragmatic and to the point. The other two chapters were philosophical bullshit of the worst degree, they looked like something that would be at home in a postmodernist/poststructuralist work, I still have no idea what the point of either of them was, one was vague ideas about art and revolution and the other, vague ideas about nature and revolution. Nothing ...more
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Apr 14, 2016 Chris Balz rated it liked it
An exploration of tactical politics in the Nixon era, from the perspective of activists on the left. Not a lot of interesting theory here, and the use of the Maoist term "the long march", where Marcuse advocates a "long march" through the mainstream institutions of society, is somewhat disturbing. Still, some little shiny bits in this one make it worth reading.

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When he's not rehearsing the same arguments as One Dimensional Man, he's becoming increasingly despondent about the prospects of the New Left.
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German-Jewish philosopher, political theorist and sociologist, and a member of the Frankfurt School. Celebrated as the "Father of the New Left", his best known works are Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man and The Aesthetic Dimension. Marcuse was a major intellectual influence on the New Left and student movements of the 1960s.
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