Georg Lukács and the New Nihilists - A lecture by Michael Walsh
The Devil's Pleasure Palace: Georg Lukács, the Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of America. When the New Nihilists set about dissolving the Western culture. A lecture by Michael Walsh.
A lecture by the award winning author and screen writer Michael Walsh.
The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: Georg Lukács, the Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of America
In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world’s premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, the burgeoning transnational elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war’s refugees, but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of Georg Lukács and the Frankfurt School with its reactionary philosophy of “critical theory.”
Mr Walsh’s lecture is based on his latest book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of America. in which he describes how a horde of demons was set loose into the Western psyche.
When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a Central-European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States and Western Europe.
Seizing the high ground of academe and the arts, the New Nihilists set about dissolving the bedrock of Western culture, from patriotism to marriage to the family to military service. They have sown, as Cardinal Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – once wrote of the Devil, “destruction, division, hatred, and calumny”. and all disguised as the search for truth.
Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter, whose work includes six novels, seven works of non-fiction and a hit Disney movie. The former classical music critic of Time Magazine, he is now a regular contributor of political and cultural commentary to PJ Media and National Review, and an occasional op-ed columnist for the New York Post.
Date: 17.30 p.m. October 1st, 2015
Venue: Falk 1 Congress Centre, Budapest, 1055, Falk Miksa u. 1.
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