April 21st, 2004

To Have Or To Be... the end

At the end of To Have Or To Be, Erich Fromm proposes the creation of a Supreme Cultural Council, which will be in charge of dispensing information to the masses. He says there is a broad consensus on who the most knowledgeable people are, and so it shouldn't be hard to pick a few people for the council.

Hmmm... I wonder who he thinks might belong on the Council. A friend of mine at our book club discussion proposed that Fromm was typing up his resume to apply for the job.

It reminded me all too much of Ayn Rand's theory that liberal intellectuals wanted to create a non-hereditary cultural aristocracy, an "establishment," along the lines of the Public Broadcasting System, but on a far broader scale. (Perhaps this was in the essay, "To Dream the Non-commercial Dream.")

Rhyme of the day:

The Cultural Council Supreme
Is one hell of a dream.