By Herbert Marcuse
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One-Dimensional Man 3: The Conquest of the Unhappy Consciousness: Repressive Desublimation Having discussed the political integration of advanced industrial society, an achievement rendered possible by growing technological productivity and the expanding conquest of man and nature, we will now turn to a corresponding integration in the realm of culture. ” They succumb in fact to the process of desublimation which prevails in the advanced regions of contemporary society. The achievements and the failures of this society invalidate its higher culture.
The Enemy is the common denominator of all doing and undoing. And the Enemy is not identical with actual communism or actual capitalism – he is. in both cases. the real spectre of liberation. Once again: the insanity of the whole absolves the particular insanities and turns the crimes against humanity into a rational enterprise. When the people. aptly stimulated by the public and private authorities. prepare for lives of total mobilization. they are sensible not only because of the present Enemy.
Separated from the sphere of labor where society reproduces itself and its misery, the world of art which they create remains, with all its truth, a privilege and an illusion. In this form it continues, in spite of all democratization and popularization, through the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The “high culture” in which this alienation is celebrated has its own rites and its own style. The salon, the concert, opera. theater are designed to create and invoke another dimension of reality.