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Chapter 48: The Frankfurt School and Fascism
The Frankfurt School and Fascism
On 9 May 1945, one day after VE Day, Theodor W. Adorno, who was in Los Angeles, wrote to Max Horkheimer, who was in New York. ‘I feel the need’, he explained,
to send you a few lines today, even though I have no ‘pragmatic’ reason to do so, simply because it is a pity that we have not experienced the demise of the Nazis together. Hitler’s regime has, after all, been the immediate cause of all the external developments in our lives for the last twelve years, and the expectation that things might change has been one of the decisive forces that have kept us alive. Conversely, the fact that ...