Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse
Herbert Marcuse
  • Born: July 19, 1898
  • Died: July 29, 1979
  • Nationality: German, American
  • Profession: Philosopher

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Herbert Marcuse was a German-American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist, associated with the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Born in Berlin, Marcuse studied at the universities of Berlin and then at Freiburg, where he received his PhD. He was a prominent figure in the Frankfurt-based Institute for Social Research – what later became known as the Frankfurt School. He was married to Sophie Wertheim (1924–1951), Inge Neumann (1955–1973), and Erica Sherover (1976–1979). In his written works, he criticized capitalism, modern technology, historical materialism and entertainment culture, arguing that they represent new forms of social control.

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Make Love, Not War War & Peace
Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalistic mode of production. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
People recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment. Human Nature
Self-determination, the autonomy of the individual, asserts itself in the right to race his automobile, to handle his power tools, to buy a gun, to communicate to mass audiences his opinion, no matter how ignorant, how aggressive, it may be. Freedom & Liberty
The economic and technical capabilities of the established societies are sufficiently vast to allow for adjustments and concessions to the underdog. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The system of National Socialism [Nazism] has been devised for the very reason of making a repetition of 1918 impossible. Political Parties & Machines
Underneath the conservative popular base is the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other races and other colors, the unemployed and the unemployable. They exist outside the democratic process; their life is the most immediate and the most real need for ending intolerable conditions and institutions. Poverty
At the highest stage of capitalism, the most necessary revolution appears as the most unlikely one.
Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.
Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalist mode of production.
Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another.
That which is cannot be true.
The criterion for free choice can never be an absolute one, but neither is it entirely relative.
The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.
The range of choice open to the individual is not the decisive factor in determining the degree of human freedom, but what can be chosen and what is chosen by the individual. Freedom & Liberty
The web of domination has become the web of Reason itself, and this society is fatally entangled in it. Society
Under the rule of a repressive whole, liberty can be made into a powerful instrument of domination.

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