To hell with culture: Fascism, rhetoric, and the war for democracy
journal contributionposted on 2016-07-26, 10:35 authored by Matthew AdamsMatthew Adams
To Hell With Culture was Herbert Read’s most concise exposition of his aesthetic politics, but it was a work moulded by the particular context in which he wrote. Starting life as a contribution to a series of pamphlets pondering the shape of Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War, Read drew on a deep reading of socialist intellectual history to plot a new, radical path for democracy. His text was a necessary utopia, presenting an outcry against the cultural barbarities of both the capitalist and totalitarian superpowers, and entering a battle of ideas to determine the shape of post-war Europe.
- Social Sciences
- Politics and International Studies
Published inAnarchist Studies
Pages18 - 37
CitationADAMS, M.S., 2015. To hell with culture: Fascism, rhetoric, and the war for democracy. Anarchist Studies, 23(2), pp. 18-37.
PublisherLawrence and Wishart
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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NotesThis paper was accepted for publication in the journal Anarchist Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/anarchist-studies/23-2/to-hell-with-culture-fascism-rhetoric-and-war-for-democracy