Essay on Benjamin 's Views On Fascism

816 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
In 1936, German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin coined the idea of “aestheticization of politics”. This theory expresses the idea that life and affairs of living are made to be innately artistic and are thus related to politics in the same manner. This means that politics can be viewed as artistic and structured as that of an art form that corresponds with the concept that life is also to be seen artistically. Benjamin believed that this theory of aestheticization of politics was a vital aspect to Fascist regimes. The rise of fascism within Europe, and especially within Germany, was the epochal transformation during Benjamin’s time and also created a threatening connotation to Benjamin him self’s life as a Jew and as a radical during this time period. This being said, his views on Fascism in his home country are an important resource for people today to evaluate in that the direct relation Fascism had to Benjamin’s life and the real situations he experienced give him a wealth of background on the subject. Benjamin’s views were intended explicitly as an uncontrived account of the interaction between the intellectual and the public majority as well as an account of the society around him- the cultural environment in which he lived.
To better understand how Benjamin could attribute aesthetic to poloitics, one must first understand fascism and its cultish spirit combines different aspects of religion, politics, and myths of the past with modern events of…

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