Marshall Berman was an American philosopher and Marxist humanist writer. He was a distinguished professor of political science at City College of New York. About All That Is Solid Melts into Air. “A bubbling caldron of ideas Enlightening and valuable.” —Mervyn Jones, New Statesman. The political and social. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober sense, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his.
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The Experience of Modernity, published in I remember being amazed and full of admiration at all the ink being devoted to a literary event by the mass media. There was no "humanistic triumph" here to offset the destruction, just an act of "extravagant cruelty".
Why did this happen?
Berman pins the blame on class all that is solid melts into air these people's lives were worth less than those in the suburbs the expressway was designed to provide commuting space for; on the planner's increasingly lofty position; and the total lack of democratic accountability of the various public-private partnerships he used to execute his plans.
Yet he also cites the end of "dialogue between modernism and modernisation", where the introversion and pessimism of postwar modern thinkers, artists and musicians left public space open only to the technocrats.
Moses' critics could no longer put forward a different, better version of modernity to his. The figure that Berman used to describe modernity was Faust, who bargains with his soul in return, in Berman's view, for modernisation and development.
This was because the state, even in the bourgeois society of the 19th century had still not rid itself of various feudal features: Other writings by Marx make it clear that he hoped the bourgeoisie would continue to play a revolutionary role and was sorely disappointed by the timidity of this class in the failed revolutions of — Thus the transformation of capitalism into Communism would begin… For this reason, he argues, it is crucial to understand contemporary modernism as the product of two all that is solid melts into air modern periods, represented by, among others, Goethe and Karl Marx.
Faust the dreamer, the lover, and the all that is solid melts into air. In the first stage, Faust awakens in the middle of the night, tempted to commit suicide because he realizes that he belongs to the privileged class and is free to engage in esoteric pursuits while most people are trapped by a stagnant society.
His despair about his remoteness from the rest of humanity is relieved when he hears church bells, which remind him of his childhood and the memories and feelings that he had suppressed. He remembers that he and his father had worked as physicians among the poor, but that their efforts had been futile, even destructive, so he had withdrawn from practicing medicine to engage in a solitary intellectual quest.