LA
2014
Event Type: 
Panel
Description/Abstract of your Event: 
It is our view that we still live in what Herbert Marcuse called a one-dimensional society that is dominated by one-dimensional thinking. One-dimensional thinking sees only the facts of an oppressive/repressive social existence and not the possibilities for liberation that are equally present. This thesis in Marcuse's book "One-Dimensional Man" seems to imply that critical consciousness has been so whittled down by repressive forces that there is no hope for liberation. This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of that book. While we believe that we are in a society that is still under the spell of one-dimensional thinking, we also believe that possibilities for liberation are still present. The purpose of this panel is to examine new forms of one-dimensional thinking while at the same time exploring the new possibilities for liberation.