(Added: Abbie Hoffman and Paul Goodman quoted on the topic, 1968 and 1967 respectively)
Noam Chomsky speaks of a particularly insidious type of Repressive Desublimation used to dissuade you, with neutered ‘participatory democracy’, from hanging the pre-selected media-preened ‘political elite’ masters you choose from every four year, from Washington, D.C. lamp posts.
Bottom image: Abbie Hoffman writes in Paul Krassner’s Realist #76 August 1967 issue published in January 1968, which included the seminal article by Abbie from which Yippie! evolved…
Then there’s this psycho-emotional breakthrough from Paul Goodman, the founding father of Gestalt Therapy, saying it much more eloquently, speaking by invitation to the National Security Industrial Association —a consortium of arms manufacturers at the October 1967 “Research and Development in the 1970s.” symposium, Washington DC:
“You are the military industrial [complex] of the United States, the most dangerous body of men at present in the world, for you not only implement our disastrous policies but are an overwhelming lobby for them, and you expand and rigidify the wrong use of brains, resources, and labor so that change becomes difficult.”
(He continued as the audience sat in stunned silence.)
“The best service you people could perform is rather rapidly to phase yourselves out, passing on your relevant knowledge to people better qualified, or reorganizing yourselves with entirely different sponsors and commitments, so that you learn to think and feel in a different way.
Since you are most of the R&D [research and development] that there is, we cannot do without you as people, but we cannot do with you as you are.”
(laughter and booing along with scattered applause)
“but we believe, however, that that way of life is unnecessary, ugly, and un-American.”
(Shouts from the audience: “Who are ‘we’?”)
“We are I and those people outside —we cannot condone your present operations; they should be wiped off the slate.”
Source: Casey Nelson Blake, “Paul Goodman: Anarchist and Patriot
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See the Wikipedia entry for “Repressive Desublimation
”. Yes… You ARE a victim of that repression no matter WHAT you think if you live in Western society, or any society where mass media exists and/or consumerism has taken hold.
Herbert Marcuse, the person who coined that phrase expounds in this paper
taken from his mainstream marxist despised work “One-Dimensional Man
”. The complete book is available to read online @marxist.org
H/t: BootyReGrit’s Chronicle of Fuckedupedness
for the inspiration