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Ideology After WW2

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    RonPrice Dishonorably Discharged

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    Clive James and Peter Porter today discussed 'books of the forties and fifties.' In that discussion they talked about music, classical and other, taking over from literature in the last half of the twentieth century in providing that sense of certitude, although irrational, that people felt a need for in their lives. They also talked about the decline of ideology after WW2 and into the 1950s. The role of Alexander Solzenitsyn's books in the fifties, sixties and seventies played an important part in this process, insofar as the Left was concerned, as fascism had done insofar as the Right was concerned in the two previous decades. A reservoire of skepticism in the west, and especially in England, returned the centre of poetry to the individual in those same years. -Ron Price with thanks to "Clive James and Peter Porter," Sunday Special, ABC Radio, 5:30-6:00 pm, 2 December, 2001.

    As ideology wound down in the fifties,
    the sixties and seventies, we began to
    grow and grow all over,1 slowly,
    unobtrusively. So it is that I've spent
    my adult life with people who have
    no ideology, plenty of convictions,
    all too many of them, but no ideological
    centre—home--liked reading novels,
    listening to music, watching TV, working
    in the garden, but absolutely no interest
    in going to meetings--except to learn
    macrame, lead lighting and the inevitable
    work-associated special planning session
    at 8 pm or 8 am or noon instead of lunch--
    or a new course, or something at uni, or a
    movie, or a volunteer job where no ideology
    was desired, contemplated or required.
    For ideology did not grab anyone anymore
    and religious ideology became the no-no
    among no-nos--amidst endless subjectivity.
    Superficial and not-so-superficial pragmatism
    had made everyone into practical realists,
    enjoying as far as they were able the complex
    juxtapositions of pleasures and disenchantments
    thrown up on the shore of their life-worlds.
    And slowly, yes slowly, this new ideology,
    new dogma, grew until it came to manifest
    an attractive form, a gentle beauty all around
    the world with holy dust at the centre--and
    a slow greening of people from that desolate
    garden of arid and unholy disenchantment.
    1 The Baha'i Faith spread around the world.
    Ron Price
    2 December 2001

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