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April 27, 2013

Power, Sex and Revolution

"Thomas Mann, in 1933, famously pleaded against making anachronistic judgements about Wagner's nationalism, and that's fair enough. But there is no getting around the fact that, for much of the German left in the 1840s, the struggle for what they called a 'purely human' future, free of the alienation imposed by capitalist society, meant a struggle against 'Jewishness'."

This week on Radio 4: Two hundred years after the composer's birth, Paul Mason reconsiders Richard Wagner.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 27, 2013 09:27 AM