Herbert Marcuse Lecture at Stanford
The PDF I offer is a totalitarian political fairy tale and to my mind a smoking gun. In other words, it is a transcript of a lecture delivered by Herbert Marcuse at Stanford University in March, 1974. Remember, it is NOT the kind of thing you are required by any law (civil, moral, intellectual or otherwise) to believe or to let slip by without asking rude questions about it.
Who the hell do these people think they are? And what do they plan to do, throw you in jail? It doesn't matter if such preachers radiate authoritarian gravitas and charisma, or pull a huge string of academic letters after their names, or act like they are miles above you. You are not required to let one single particle of their preaching slide past you if it bears a suspicious odor. Where the hell do these people get this stuff, anyway?
Here is a sample:
"And here is my concluding personal statement. You may if you wish interpret it as a statement of surrender, or a statement of commitment. I believe that we men have to pay for the sins of a patriarchal civilization and its tyranny of power: women must become free to determine their own life, not as wife, not as mother, not as mistress, not as girl friend, but as an individual human being. This will be a struggle permeated with bitter conflicts, torment and suffering (mental and physical). . . . . . These erotic conflicts cannot be resolved in a facile, playful way, nor by being tough, nor by establishing exchange relationships. . . .Feminist socialism will have to develop its own morality, which will be more, and other, than the mere cancellation of bourgeois morality."You can download the complete file here:
Addendum: My own response to the message of Marcuse is encompassed in the following: http://tinyurl.com/yglt248
And . . . is treated more expansively HERE: http://tinyurl.com/y8aghys