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August 5, 2012

Herbert Marcuse was right.

Washington Diarist: A Saint In The City | The New Republic

There will be no revolution in America. This society will contain its contradictions without resolving them; it will absorb opposition and reward it; it will transform dissent into culture and commerce. Marcuse’s mistake was in believing that this is bad news. It is good news, because we will be spared the agonies of political purifications. But it is also comic, as protest songs become entertainment for the rich, and Bruce Springsteen the idol of the elite. The New Yorker clinches it: he is the least dangerous man in America. “With all the unrest in the world,” as Tony Curtis once said to Marilyn Monroe, “I don’t think anyone should have a yacht that sleeps more than twelve.”

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 5, 2012 2:33 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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