Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony: Art Transcending Politics

The Orthosphere

This essay originated a few years ago in a request by the Sydney Traditionalist Forum for articles on the topic of Politics and Transcendence.  The topic is not only compound but complex, associating itself with numerous difficulties.  The term transcendence, for example, is more often associated with religion and art than it is with politics although writer-thinkers such as Gustave Le Bon and Nicolas Berdyaev have characterized mass political movements as relying on a type of pseudo-transcendence.  Yet insofar as such movements invariably establish themselves in dogmatic materialism and determinism an observer might better characterize them as anti-transcendent or immanentist.  In the second decade of the Twenty-First Century, indeed, the Western nations find themselves subjugated without exception under such anti-transcendent regimes.  The elites of these nations, like their Jacobin precursors, hate religion and they therefore also hate beauty, which frequently participates in the sacred.  The ruling elites of…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

73 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.

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