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The degradation of culture

2020-09-18 | Critique of ideology


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The truth is that the cultural products, the representative works and pieces of a certain historical moment, are not the result of any sudden collective enlightenment. None of them would reach even large audiences if it were not a choice of the cultural industry before anything else.



But that is far from being the real problem. American essayists talk about how the first warnings of the crisis in the 1970s gave way to a massive nostalgia which turned into cultural apathy and resulted, starting in the 1990s, in the exaltation of an almost primeval version of the crudest and most cynical bourgeois morality.


Richard Wagner: composer, conductor, playwright, poet, polemicist, anarchist, Teutonic nationalist, anti-Semite, feminist, pacifist, vegetarian, animal rights activist ‎...‎ Just as Herzl saw in Tannhäuser a way to strengthen his Zionist vision, Du Bois took the Wagnerian myth as a model for a new, heroic African-American spirit.

It is true that some old popes get scared and protest before the inevitably censuring and authoritarian development of a puritanism now multiplied by a thousand irredentist identities. But it is so deeply rooted among the Anglo-Saxon liberal petty bourgeoisie, so normalized already and integrated into the most pitiful chauvinism under the guise of a culturalist disguise, that a heavyweight of the academy like Joseph Henrich can publish a thesis according to which [Anglo-Saxon cultures have produced a different brain configuration in their members](https://www.nytimes. com/2020/09/12/books/review/the-weirdest-people-in-the-world-joseph-henrich.html) making them authentically western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic; terms that, all together, form in English the well-known acronym WEIRD, odd, particular. As if the humor of this acronym Anglo-Saxon psychologists created to describe their own college students moderated Henrich's absurd anti-historical racism. The book was presented in the New York Times in style with a warning against ideological condemnation and an invitation to scientific criticism. Salvationist messianism and racism elevated to the fantasy of a higher brain configuration deserves no better treatment than flat-earthers and other delusions. That it claims its rights not to be mocked because it is a result of the ruminations of an evolutionary biologist and it is defended by a glowing review by a famous philosopher of mind written in the main American newspaper is more than just a red flag.

Let us combine all this with the reactionary tendencies of the petty bourgeoisie, now well present in a revolt that cannot end even when it is exhausted in its own political impotence. Let us give it the inevitable apocalyptic notes inseparable from the fathers of bourgeois morality. And the result will be simply delirious.

Government experts try to explain the growth of conspiracy with psychological arguments. But they should look at themselves first. The reality is that the blatant cynicism of an official speech that claims to transcend history, that no longer aspires to anything other than to continue as usual because [it cannot provide true development](https://es.communia. blog/the-impossibility-of-development-capitalist/), has alienated so many, has become so unbelievable and spread such moral despair, that for an increasingly relevant part of the petty bourgeoisie it is preferable to believe in literally anything than to keep pretending to live in the best of all possible worlds. And that is what they do.

But... what about the workers?

proletariat|struggle for the universal satisfaction of universal human needs