From the Opium of the People to Acid Communism: On the dialectics of critique and intoxication

Thijs Lijster

Abstract


There seems to be an inherent tension between intoxication and critique. We tend to associate intoxication with immersion, participation, and proximity, while critique is usually connected to the distance, separation, and an outsider-perspective. In this article I want to analyze this tension, but I also want to explore the possibilities, with the German philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin as my guide, of a critical intoxication and/or intoxicated critique. What would be the social, political and aesthetic implications for such juxtaposition for both of these categories?


Keywords


critique, intoxication, Benjamin, common sense, acid communism

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