In this collection of fourteen essays, first published in 1943, Herbert Read extends and amplifies the points of view expressed in his successful pamphlet To Hell with Culture, which has been reprinted here. The ‘politics of the unpolitical’ are the politics of those who strive for human values and not for national or sectional interests. Herbert Read defines these values and demands their recognition as a solvent of social and cultural crises’, and looks forward to the future with constructive vision. This book will be of interest to students of politics, history, and philosophy.
1. The Politics of the Unpolitical 2. The Cult of Leadership 3. Culture and Liberty 4. To Hell with Culture 5. Art in an Electric Atmosphere 6. The Vulgarity and Impotence of Contemporary Art 7. Modern Art and French Decadence 8. A Question of Life or Death 9. The Collective Patron 10. The Freedom of the Artist 11. The Nature of Revolutionary Art 12. A Civilization from Under 13. A Civilization and the Sense of Quality 14. A Solemn Conclusion