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Brown, Norman O - From Politics to Metapolitics (1967)

Brown, Norman O - From Politics to Metapolitics (1967)

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Norman O Brown's "Frederick William Atherton Lecture," given at Harvard University, March 20 1967. Printed in Clayton Eschleman's "Caterpillar" Magazine, Issue #1. Reprinted in Eschleman, ed., "A Caterpillar Anthology." Anchor Books, 1971.
Norman O Brown's "Frederick William Atherton Lecture," given at Harvard University, March 20 1967. Printed in Clayton Eschleman's "Caterpillar" Magazine, Issue #1. Reprinted in Eschleman, ed., "A Caterpillar Anthology." Anchor Books, 1971.

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N.
O.
Brown
FROM
POLITICS
TO
METAPOLITICST
My
6rst
response
to
the
inyitation
of
thishonorable
company
and
to
the
wishes
of
Frederick
William
Atherton
"a
topic
related
to
ethical
or
socialcriticism',
was
that
it
would
be
a
pleasure
to
present
my
kind
of
radicalism
iu
this
enyironment
- -
Since
then
I
have been
wondering
about
radicalism
andwonderingabout
myselfTheseare times
of
great
uncertaintyanddoubt
as
well
as
anguish.
Starting out
in
the Thirties
Wl-ren
to
be
yourg
was
to bea Marxist
I
ask
myself
What
hashappenedsince
then?
What
have
I
leamed
in
my
bizarre psychedelictrips
I
mean
my
books?
What
news
is
there that
might
be
useful
to
the
citizens
the young
citizens
who
are
startingout
now?
You
have
a
right
to
ask
howmuch, or how
little.
So
much
has
changed
perhaps
the
message
isinstability
permanent
instability
in
the mind
couesponding
to
the
permanent
revolution
in
things
,
FreiTickWilliam
Atherton
lecture, Flarvard
University,
March
zo,
tg67
 
But
iu
this
Heraclitean
fux,
or
fire,thereis
for
me
also
a Heracliteao
Logos
the
Logos,
the
word
is
O:re,
or
oneness
unity
uni6cationtheunification
of
thehuman
race.
Intelleetualsr
for
metheword
still
spells
a
voeation
_
intellecruals
who
have
been
mrsted
with
the
word,
the
Logos,
are
calledto
work
for
unity.
If,
as
Blake
said
the
Fall
is
into
Divisionthe
yocation
of
the intellectualisto
oyercome
the
consequences
instabilityto
be
accepted as
an etemal
truthlike
Heraditean
fux
--
of
the
Fa1l.
the
analogy
between
social
and
psychic
society
and
soul
bodyand
body
politic.
I
don'tknow
abour
the
proletadar,
but
theintellectual,
as
such, has
no
fatherland
-
or,
to
useanothet
metaphor,
thereisa
heavenly
city.
Logos
seeks
uniflcation;and the
fact
it
faces
isDivisionAlienation,
in
the
old
Marxist
vocabulary
the
rents,
the
splits,
in
the
newer
Freudianvocabulanthe
schisms
the
schizophrenia.
Now
-
ifI
maymahe
aCrectLeap
For.r,rard
_
alienation
is
schizophrenia
the
outcome
of
thecollision
between
Marx
and Freud
is
theirthe
perception
of
the
analogybetween
the
two
unificationThose
Iower
classes,
lower
depths,
are
the
depths
of
depth
psychology
anunderworld
repressed
by
the
bourgeois
ego
a
cauldron
of
energy
and
violence
with
the
lid
on
an
anoDymousmass,
or
social
id
--
If
you
take
the
psychoanalyticalidea
of
projection
seriously
theproletadat
(if
andwhen
\4,e
pe:ceive
one)is
usprojected
a
collective proiection
a
collective dream,
or
nighnrrare
(the
dreamis
in
the
language
(andthe
language
is
acted
upon(saying
makes
it
so)
If
youtake the
psychoanalyticalidea
oI
projection
seriously
the
ego constructs
itself
by
projectingthe
other
the
ego constructs
itself by
drawinganimaginatyline
between
inside and
outside
an imaginary
boundary-line
And this
imaginaryboundary-line
is
the
reality-principle
The
reality-principleis
the
distinction
berween
innerworld
and
extemalrcalityand
it
is
a
false distinction.
"The
false
reality-principle"
This
isto
take
psychoanalysis
more
seriously
tlrandre
psycho-analystsdo
oi
to
pass
beyond
psychoanalysis
Beyond
the reality-principle is
poetry
taking
metaphors
seriously
(metaphors
and
analogies)
thatway
madness lies.
Irr
themythology
of
Marxism,thereyolution
is
from
below:
 
The
disintegration
of
theboundary-line
betwee[inner
andouter
selfand
orher
is
thedisintegtation
of
the
ego
the&sintegration
of
the
ego
of
the
ego-psychologists
in
Ma*ist
terms,
the
disintegration
of
the
bourgeois
ego
of
bourgeois
individualism
or,
alienafion
ovetcome
--
Thesplit
between
insideand
outside
is
the primalsplit
is
the
origin
of
alienation.
Already
in
Marxism
theintellectual
was
to
go
to
the
masses
bourgeois
individualism,the
separate
self,
was to
bedrowned
in
rlre
p.olelarianorern
Ma*ist
thought
substitutes
for
the
reality
of
individuals
the
Bur
classes,
as
externalrealities,
mutually
",.,J"r1lt?r""I,ilT::;
it
ctl
really
takesplace
in
one
body.
eiiher
Man.
who,
lil,e
Freud.is
a geniusr,rbo
surpasses
his
own
limitations,
or:cesaid:
"The
head
of
this
emancipation
is
philosophy,
irs
heart
rhe
He-means
ego
and
id.
of
course
proleraiia,,
if
ro.,
l';1"'o'iut'
at
theword,must
also
be
genital,
At
anyrate,
it
all
tales
place
in
onebodyone
bodythat
has
beel
mysteriously
dismembered
and
needs
to
be
remembered
tokoit
again
these
broken
limbs
into
one
body.
It
mustbe
sorne
kindof
enbraceovercomingalienation.f,mersonused
to
s:y,
Thereisonly.oneMan
After
Emerson,
what
happened,
on
theAmericancontinent,
to
thisinruition)To
perceive
that
it
all
really
takes
place
in
one body
jsto
transva]Lle
the old
political
uategories
to
pass
from politicsto
metapolitics
or
poehy,
The
proletariatis
dead
but
the proletariatis
us
long
live
the
prcletadat.
There
is
an
inner
Bastille to be
captured
to
release
the
prisonersor
rather,
the
inner
ard
the
outer Bastille
is
the
same
Bastilleor
mther,
the
distinction
befieen
inner
and outer is
the
Bastille
the
falsereality-principle
the
government
of
the
reality-principle,
to
be
overthrown
And
the
revolution
is avisionary
break-through
or
Poetry
or
madness.
Revolution
reallyis
madaess
political
revolutions
The
French Revolution,the
Russian Revolution
Ten
Days
that
Shook
the
WorldThe
Great
Cultural
Revolution
All
the
pathology
of
the twentieth
centurythe
madness
of
the millennia breaking
out,
as
Nietzscheprophesied
-
The
problem
really
is
madoess
There is
a
point
where
Maratand
de
Sade
are
one,
Wlratto
do
with
madness
The political
solution
to
the
problem
of
rnadness
is
divide and
conquersegregation anal repression
(lite
in
asylums)
perpetual
con{lict
l0

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