Essay on Liberation by Herbert Marcuse (1969)

1946-1989, Capitalism, Date, Defining the Enemy, History/Theory, Theory

In 1969, German-American philosopher Herbert Marcuse wrote “The Essay on Liberation”, an essay in which he expressed his support for liberation movements such as that in Vietnam. Marcuse drew inspiration from Marxism and was seen as a primary theorist of the New Left movement.

“The growing opposition to the global dominion of corporate capitalism is confronted by the sustained power of this dominion: its economic and military hold in the four continents, its neo colonial empire, and, most important, its unshaken capacity to subject the majority of the underlying population to its overwhelming productivity and force”

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