By Paul Goodman, Susan Sontag, Casey Nelson Blake
Paul Goodman’s starting to be Up Absurd was once a runaway most sensible vendor while it was once first released in 1960, and it turned one of many defining texts of the hot Left. Goodman was once a author and philosopher who broke each mildew and did it brilliantly—he was once a novelist, poet, and a social theorist, between a bunch of alternative things—and the book’s shock good fortune verified him as considered one of America’s most original and trenchant critics, combining mammoth studying, an astute brain, utopian sympathies, and a splendidly hands-on means with words.For Goodman, the disappointment of kids used to be a centred type of the sadness of yank society as a complete, run via agencies that supply employment (if and after they do) yet now not the type of significant paintings that engages physique and soul. Goodman observed the younger because the first casualties of a humanly repressive social and financial system and, as such, front line of strength resistance. Noam Chomsky has stated, “Paul Goodman’s impression is all approximately us,” and positively it may be felt within the strong localism of today’s renascent left. A vintage of anarchist concept, turning out to be Up Absurd not just bargains a penetrating indictment of the human charges of company capitalism yet issues the best way ahead. it's a story of yesterday’s early life that speaks on to our universal destiny.
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That world is not manly enough, it is not earnest enough; a grownup may be cynical (or resigned) about his own convenient adjustments, but he is by no means willing to see his children robbed of a worth-while society. With regard to the next generation, everybody always has a higher standard than the one he is used to. The standard is ceasing to be one of money and status and is becoming a standard of the worth of life. But worth, like happiness, comes from bona-fide activity and achievement. My stratagem in this book is a simple one.
The young men are Angry and Beat. The boys are Juvenile Delinquents. These groups are not small, and they will grow larger. Certainly they are suffering. Demonstrably they are not getting enough out of our wealth and civilization. They are not growing up to full capacity. They are failing to assimilate much of the culture. As was predictable, most of the authorities and all of the public spokesmen explain it by saying there has been a failure of socialization. They say that background conditions have interrupted socialization and must be improved.
My guess is that a large factor in “Security” is the resigned reaction to not being able to take into account whether the work of one’s hands is useful for anything; for in a normal life situation, if what we do is useful, we feel secure about being needed. ) Limited as they are, what a remarkable insight such studies give us, that men want to do valuable work and work that is somehow theirs! But they are thwarted. Is not this the “waste of our human resources”? The case is that by the “sole-prerogative” clause in union contracts the employer has the sole right to determine what is to be produced, how it is to be produced, what plants are to be built and where, what kinds of machinery are to be installed, when workers are to be hired and laid off, and how production operations are to be rationalized.
Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society by Paul Goodman, Susan Sontag, Casey Nelson Blake