The American Right Hits Its Hippie Phase

 

 

Here at OEN we tend to avoid NR. Too much a part of what has become the radicalized, dangerous, right. Not that much like what Buckley started. But this is a worthy read, However, we do object to lumping hippies in with those who planted bombs, our broke in and poured blood over company records at war venders. Hippies were more peace, love, get stoned, and tuning out. More like the Revolutionaries. And couldn’t some of these cowards be former left wingers?-OEN

The Republicans are having a Dionysian moment. Who’d’ve thunk?

In ye olden days when American intellectuals wrote provocative books that people read and sometimes fought over (Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve may have been the last genuine American intellectual scandal of its kind), the dissident feminist Camille Paglia published a fascinating study called Sexual Personae, in which she introduced a new generation of readers to the Apollonian-Dionysian dichotomy that had been of so much interest to Friedrich Nietzsche. The Apollonian-Dionysian dichotomy understands much of art and life as a struggle between the rational, orderly, formal (Apollonian) elements and the passionate, wild, chaotic (Dionysian) elements. There are virtues on both sides, but virtues that do not often coexist in peace — consider, for example, the Catholic Church’s struggles in harmonizing the order of its liturgy and hierarchy with the ecstasy of the mystics and militants.