Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Professor Christopher Lasch, The Pursuit of Progress










It looks like I will be resettling in the Village of Pittsford, God willing, home to Christopher Lasch (1932-1994), who "sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the competence and independence of families and communities," and "strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled the 'culture of narcissism.'"

We learn that "Lasch was always a critic of liberalism, and a historian of liberalism's discontents, but over time his political perspective evolved dramatically. In the 1960s, he was a neo-Marxist and acerbic critic of Cold War liberalism. During the 1970s, he began to become a far more iconoclastic figure, fusing cultural conservatism with a Marxian critique of capitalism, and drawing on Freud-influenced critical theory to diagnose the ongoing deterioration that he perceived in American culture and politics."

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5 Comments:

Blogger Steve Hayes said...

So when will you be moving?

It looks like quite a change from Korea.

2:43 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I will be moving August 12 and staring a new job ten days later.

It will be quite a change, the biggest in my life thus far since I came here as a young, single man and will be moving home as a middle-aged man with a family.

4:32 PM  
OpenID kuiwon said...

No longer in self-imposed expat-dom?

2:59 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yes. I'm heading home after 14 years in Korea.

5:41 AM  
OpenID kuiwon said...

Wow. That's longer than I lived in Korea. Lots of things have changed in the states.

1:35 PM  

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