Political kitsch: the Grand March.

Since the days of the French Revolution, one half of Europe has always been referred to as the left, the other half as the right. Yet to define one or the other by means of the theoretical principles it professes is all but impossible. And no wonder: political movements rest not so much on rational attitudes as on the fantasies, images, words, and archetypes that come together to make up this or that political kitsch.

The fantasy of the Grand March that Franz was so intoxicated by is the political kitsch joining leftists of all times and tendencies. The Grand March is the splendid march on the road to brotherhood, equality, justice, happiness; it goes on and on, obstacles notwithstanding, for obstacles there must be if the march is to be the Grand March.

The dictatorship of the proletariat or democracy? Rejection of the consumer society or demands for increased productivity? The guillotine or an end to the death penalty? It is all beside the point. What makes a leftist a leftist is not this or that theory but his ability to integrate any theory into the kitsch called the Grand March.

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One Response to Political kitsch: the Grand March.

  1. Scar says:

    is to hard to say, in that time in freedom has a important meaning people don't care about if their political preference belongs to right or left, when revolution begging those who was call "revels" also can be called communist, and from other side those who want to keep a total control could be called "conservationists", in that time nobody can say "Buy Generic Viagra" because had been taken as treason act.

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